If you use a Ceramic* Electric
Heater, make certain it has two separate (independent) controls for Temperature & and Fan Speed
, so that you can set the thermostat to low temperature, and the fan to high speed. This helps to keep the ceramic element from getting hot enough to start a fire, and increases air-circulation.
Look for these additional safety features
that help prevent overheating
and minimize the risk of fire:
• A model that does not tip over easily, with an automatic shut-off (turns the unit off if it is tipped over). Some may have an alarm
• An overheat sensor that shuts the heater off if the internal temperature gets too high.
• Adequate enclosures to keep out curious fingers (children).
A couple of “Made in China” Ceramic Heater RECALLS:
Collins International Co., Ltd., of Fair Lawn, N.J.
“Heat Wave” model EB38005
Lasko Products Inc., of West Chester, Pa.
2005 Model numbers; 5132, 5345, 5362, 5364, 5420, 5532, 5534 and 5566.
* The Ceramic Heater is produced using a specialised process which involves an alloy resistance wire around which is cast a ceramic body. This body is then glazed to protect it from moisture ingress. It also protects the heater from atmospheric and corrosive attack. The heating element operates at temperatures between 300C to 750C (572F to 1382F), producing a wavelength of 3-6 microns (Long Wave Infrared).