Space heaters are a great way to warm up a cold room or provide supplemental heat to your home. But while convenient, they are also a leading cause of home fires during the winter months. If you’re going to use a space heater, here are a few tips to make sure you stay extra warm – and safe. *
• Use only equipment that is made for home heating. Use all types of heaters carefully and follow all directions for safe use.
• Use a space heater that has been tested to the latest safety standards and has been certified by a nationally recognized laboratory. These
heaters have the most up-to-date safety features. Older space heaters may not meet newer safety standards.
• Place the heater on a level, hard, nonflammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor.
• Make sure space heaters are at least three feet away from bedding, drapes, furniture and other flammable materials.
• Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside each bedroom.
• Utilize a carbon monoxide detector.
• Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.
• Don’t place a space heater close to any sleeping person, bedding, furniture, drapes or other flammable materials.
• Never use gasoline in a kerosene space heater, as even small amounts of gasoline mixed with kerosene can increase the risk of fire.
• Never use your oven, grill or clothes dryer to heat your home. This could cause a fire or dangerous carbon monoxide gas, which produces deadly,odorless, colorless fumes.
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*Includes information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.