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According to the National Fire Protection Association, supplemental heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires from December through February, and the second leading cause of home fires year-round. Keep the following safety precautions in mind when using such equipment, like space heaters.

Use these tips to safely use space heaters:

  • Do not use space heaters to warm bedding, thaw pipes or dry clothing.
  • Select space heaters with the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety mark.
  • Purchase units with automatic shut-off features and heating element guards.
  • Keep any items that could potentially be a source of fire at least 3 feet away from a space heater.
  • Turn off space heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Supervise children and pets around space heaters to prevent burns. 
  • Check for frayed insulation, broken wires and overheating on electrical space heaters. If you notice any of these problems, have the unit serviced immediately.
  • Use only fuel recommended by the manufacturer for liquid-fueled space heaters.
  • Turn off the heater and let it cool before refueling.
  • Avoid using extension cords with space heaters. If you must do so, make sure that the cord is the right gauge size and type for the heater.
  • Avoid placing space heaters in high-traffic areas of your home. Units with long cords can present a tripping hazard.
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