Space heater safety
March 8, 2011 5:44 PM Subscribe
Is it safe to leave a space heater plugged in all the time?
posted by parkerama to home & garden (14 answers total)
We have a 1500-watt space heater that we turn on in the morning to heat the bathroom quickly. We turn it off before heading to work. My question involves safety: I think a small appliance that generates a lot of heat--like the space heater--should be unplugged (not just turned off) before we leave the house.
My husband disagrees and says that turning it off is sufficient.
I don't want to burn the house down. I know it only takes a second to unplug it, so why not do it anyway?, but my husband is looking for evidence that this is / is not a fire hazard, before he will change his ways. We are both prepared to accept the consensus of the mefites, as the hive mind rocks!
So - who is right?