Space heaters are certainly nice to have on those cold winter days, but they can be dangerous for a number of reasons. This is why it is best if a senior (or anyone, really) uses only space heaters with timers.
Here’s why: one problem with space heaters is that people want to use them all night long so their bedroom stays toasty.
But, as we discussed in our article, Are Space Heaters Safe To Leave On At Night?, they dry out the air, which increases their fire risk.
In addition, the heat they generate can melt carpeting or start bedding on fire. There’s also the potential for tripping over it if the person gets up during the night.
For these and other reasons, we recommend that a space heater be placed far away from the bed, plus it really needs to have a timer so it shuts off if the user falls asleep or forgets to turn it off.
Recommended Portable Heaters For Older Adults
Tower Heater With Timer
- ✅【2 QUIET SETTINGS】 This electric space heater features 2 quiet heat settings (high heat and low heat), plus an adjustable thermostat that will maintain the temperature in the room. The optional widespread oscillation feature on this heater evenly distributes warm air throughout the room.Cord Length: 6′.
The Lasko Electric Space Heater oscillates and is equipped with an overheat safety protection. It has a programmable thermostat, works via a remote, and features an auto-off timer .
We also like the fact that it is a cool-touch space heater, meaning you or a pet won’t get burned if you touch the outside of it. In addition, it will turn itself off if it gets too hot.
Mini Heater With Timer
- 2 in 1 heater fan: This ceramic heater provides two heat levels, 1500W or 750W and one cool air fan, you can use it both for winter and summer. Thermostat control of the heater will turn the heater off when it reaches a preset temperature and turn the heater back on when the temperature dips below the thermostat setting
We also like this portable electric space heater. It’s a little smaller than the Pelonis (it only weights 2.2 pounds), but heats just as quickly and disperses the heat through the room.
It’s made of flame retardant material and it automatically shuts off when it gets to a certain temperature, both features which can help to avoid an accidental fire.
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