Home fires occur most often in January, February and March, as people try to keep warm with additional sources of heat. Space heaters are a popular – but sometimes dangerous – option to provide that warmth, and
“With frigid temperatures across many parts of the country this winter, space heaters are an attractive option to keep homes warm,” said
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• Keep a distance of 36 inches between the heater and combustible materials like bedding, furniture, wall coverings and other flammable items.
• Do not leave a heater unattended.
• Electric heaters should be inspected prior to use. Check the cord for fraying and cracking, and look for broken wires or signs of overheating in the device itself.
• Use only heavy-duty extension cords marked with a No. 14 gauge or larger wire.
• If the heater plug has a grounding prong, use only a grounding (three-wire) extension cord.
• Never run the heater cord, or any cord, under rugs or carpeting.
• With liquid fuel-powered devices, use only kerosene or oil heat. Never use gasoline or any other substitute fuel.
• Allow the heater to cool down before refueling.
“Stay warm this winter, but do it safely by following these tips on space heaters,” Gillerlane said.
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