How to Safely Use a Space Heater in the Bathroom
What you need to know, plus one model that did well in our testing
It’s best to keep electrical appliances, such as space heaters, away from water sources, but we get that it’s also not ideal to step out of the shower into a frigid bathroom. So if you choose to put a space heater in the bathroom, exercise caution.
First, make sure your bathroom has ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets, required in all bathrooms since 1975. To prevent a fatal electric shock, a GFCI outlet constantly monitors current flowing through a circuit—and will automatically shut the power off if it detects even a small amount of stray current. To identify a GFCI outlet, look for two buttons that say “test” and “reset.”
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the November 2019 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.