Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home in cold weather. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly. Fire and electrical hazards can be caused by space heaters without adequate safety features, space heaters placed near combustibles, or space heaters that are improperly plugged in.Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters. Here are some tips for keeping your home safe and warm when it’s cold outside:Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep, and don’t let pets or children play too close to a space heater.Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.