Space heaters are a great way to keep your home warm in the winter and add value as well. However, are space heaters safe to leave on all night?
Whether you are present in the room or not, it is not safe to leave space heaters on all night. Space heater pose several risks including carbon monoxide poisoning, fires and dry skin. The best thing to do is to heat your room 2-3 hours before you sleep and turn it off – your room will conserve the heat and it will still be warm or several hours. Even if your heater has safety features that are advertised to prevent unsafe operating conditions, you should still avoid running your heater when you sleep.
Some will tell you that as long as you can be careful and keep things away from your space heater, then it’s safe to leave them on all night. Others will also base their arguments on the different safety features that come with contemporary heaters.
Features like automatic overheat protection, cool touch exterior, a self-regulating ceramic element or a tip-over safety switch that turns a space heater off in the event it is knocked on its side are all impressive and dandy.
But can they guarantee your safety when you leave your space heater on all night? NO, you can’t!