<h3><a name="Anchor-Space-63945"></a>Space Heater Safety</h3>


If you are using space heaters this winter, you should know that they are a major cause of fires and injuries. Follow these simple precautions to practice space heater safety this winter.
<ul>[*]When purchasing a space heater, make sure that it is approved by a certified testing organization.[*]Read the manual that came with your space heater before using it[*]Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that might be flammable such as furniture, draperies or curtains, bedding, rugs or clothing.[*]Keep space heaters away from areas where water may come in contact with the heater.[*]If you intend to use a space heater in the bathroom, check the manual before purchasing to make sure it is safe to use in areas where there is water.[*]Keep children away from space heaters. Never leave a child unattended in a room where there is a space heater.[*]Don't plug a space heater into an extension cord. If you have to use an extension cord, check the manufacturer's recommendations on the cord and make sure that it is the proper wire gauge size and type.[*]Don't use space heaters in areas where flammable liquids such as gasoline or kerosene are used or stored. Space heaters have hot parts that can cause sparking and start a fire.[*]Never use a space heater to warm bedding, dry clothes, cook food or thaw pipes.[*]When you're not using a space heater, turn it off and unplug it.[*]Turn off and unplug all space heaters before going to bed.[/list]