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The first cold snap of the winter (long overdue) is arriving and space heaters will be turned on. There are many kinds of space heaters – electric, propane, natural gas and kerosene. Electric heaters are the most expensive to operate but are the only ones safe to use inside your home.

Safety must be a number one consideration when using a space heater. More than 25,000 home fires are caused each year due to space heaters, and 300 people die as a result!

If you are buying a space heater for use in your home, be sure to buy

·         An electric space heater.

·         A new unit with the UL label.

·         One with a thermostat.

·         One the proper size for the area you want to heat.

·         One with a tip-over safety switch which cuts off the heater if the unit is turned over.

When using your electric space heater

·         Locate the heater on a level surface away from foot traffic.

·         Plug the heater directly into a wall outlet.

·         If you must use an extension cords, use the shortest one possible and a heavy duty one of 14 gauge wire or better. Do not use the cheap extension cords!

·         Keep children and pets away from the heater.

·         Do not leave the heater on unattended.

Be warm and safe!!

Henry Lowndes Jr.

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