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1/20/2016 - GIVE YOUR HEATER SOME SPACE
GIVE YOUR HEATER SOME SPACE  

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. *  

Do’s  

•        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.  

Don’ts  

•        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.  

For more safety information, visit 
Firstenergycorp.com/help/safety  

*Includes information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.