Recently I read a post by Charles "Chuckie" Buell, where he talked about cords being run over electric heaters. I guess it was a coincidence but at an inspection recently, I ran into a great example of the "cord over the heater syndrome". It is a very common occurance in Bellingham. Problem is, people do not know that there is an inherent problem with the arrangement. Below is the language, and photos, straight from my report.
"Electric outlets/receptacles are installed directly above bedroom and living room heaters. While this was a common installation practice a few years ago, it can be a significant safety hazard when cords are draped over the heaters -- which is the case in the living room. I recommend that the client consider having an electrician move the receptacles away from the heaters. Otherwise, make absolutely sure that cords do not run over the front of the heaters."
Cord over heater Same heater, tested earlier in the day