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Experts Warn Of Using Space Heaters To Keep Warm

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WMDT 47 NEWS - Electric and heating experts are warning about using space heaters to keep warm.

According to reports, in 2011, one-third of home heating fires and four out of five home heating fire deaths were attributed to improperly used space heaters.

Angie's List offers the following tips to keep warm when using a space heater:

  • Space heaters are designed to be powered only by their original power cords plugged directly into outlets with arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) and ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection – not standard outlets.
  • If you use an extension cord to give your space heater longer reach, use only a heavy-duty cord of 14-gauge wire or larger, not standard extension cords.
  • If you use a fuel-powered heater, use only the type of fuel recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet away from the space heaters.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order.
  • Check outlets and cords periodically to ensure they are in good condition.
  • Turn heaters off while you sleep.
  • Have an escape route planned just in case there's an issue.

For more information, visit the Angie's List website.

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