During the winter months, space heaters can help you lower your energy bill. Instead of heating the entire house, you simply heat the room you’re in. This is genius, but it also requires additional responsibility on your part. Of the many electrical safety tips to keep in mind, one of the most important is to keep a close eye on space heaters.

Generally speaking, you want to ensure they are on flat and stable surfaces. They should also not be anywhere near flammable items. Keep bottles of chemicals, piles of clothes and stacks of paper at a safe distance.

When leaving the house, it’s also important to turn the space heater off. It’s not a bad idea to unplug it as well to prevent both tripping and fire hazards with one simple action.