The cord of an electric heater is made of plastic, but it still poses a fire risk.
The cord of an electric heater is made of plastic, but it still poses a fire risk. That’s because the plastic casing isn’t always properly secured to the metal core, which can cause the cord to overheat and start a fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for more than three million electric heaters sold at Target and Walmart between January 2016 and June 2019. The affected heaters were manufactured by Sunbeam Products and include 1.8-kilowatt, 2-kilowatt, 3-kilowatt and 4-kilowatt models.
Sunbeam Products has received at least 67 reports of cords detaching from the metal core or from the plug. At least 16 fires have been reported as a result of these detachments. Two people have been injured in these fires.
What is inside an electric heater?
An electric heater contains many different parts that help to keep it running smoothly. The cord connects the electrical plug to the heating element inside the unit so that electricity can flow through it to create heat.