Space Heaters Use of any portable space heater represents a high risk for fire if not an approved appliance or operated properly. Areas where portable space heaters are used must contain sufficient electrical power to support them. FDNY offers the following guidance for use of space heaters: Be sure to keep your space heater at least 3 ft. from bedding, curtains and other materials. Avoid using electric space heaters in the bathroom or other areas where they may come in contact with water. Never use an extension cord with a space heater Always turn off/unplug the heater when you leave the room. Purchase a space heater with a thermostat and automatic shut-off, and make sure it includes the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Mark. The use of kerosene or propane space heaters is illegal in New York City, and the use of these types of space heaters poses a high risk of injury or death. Watch this FDNY video for more about space heaters. Keep you and your family safe from fire by reviewing more fire safety resources from FDNY and consult Columbia Residential’s fire safety web page.