Using a space heater? Remember these fire safety tips

A space heater can instantly warm a room.

“But be cautious,” said Orlando Hernandez, the state fire marshal. “In the past few years, several fatal Texas fires were started by space heaters.”

To avoid setting an accidental fire with a space heater, follow a few safety tips:

  • Inspect the heater to make sure it has no loose wires or cracked or broken plugs. If so, replace the heater.
  • Always plug your heater directly into a wall outlet. Avoid extension cords or power strips.
  • Reduce risk by keeping your heater at least three feet from anything that can burn.
  • Turn off your heater before you leave the room or go to bed. The best way to be sure: Unplug it.
  • About 80% of home heating fire deaths in the U.S. involve space heaters, according to the National Fire Protection Association. And nearly half of home heating fires are in January, February, and December.

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