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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Space Heater Safety

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
MEBrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO



Please remember this safety advice when using space heaters:

Space Heaters

·      Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). 



·      Check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over or if placed too close to an object.

·      Heaters are not dryers or tables; don't dry clothes or store objects on top of your heater. 

 

·      Space heaters need space; keep combustibles at least three feet away from each heater.

·      Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use. 

  

·      Turn off at night or whenever you sleep. 

·      Never use an extension cord with space heaters - plug directly into wall socket.


Kerosene space heater 

·      Never refuel indoors.  

·      Remove the kerosene heater outdoors, turn off and wait for it to cool down before refueling and only use the correct type of fuel.



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