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3 Things You Need to Know Before Plugging in that Space Heater

heating-safety-tipsWith cooler overnight temperatures headed to San Antonio, you may be pulling out the space heater soon!

The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association wants to make sure you're not only warm and cozy in your home, but also safe!

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for two of every five, or about 40%, of home heating fires and four out of five, or about 84%, of home heating fire deaths. Nearly half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January, and February.

"As we head into the holidays, we want San Antonians to keep a few things in mind if they use space heaters," said Christopher Steele, the president of SAPFFA. 

A couple tips to remember: 

  • Keep space heater three feet away from anything that can burn
  • Be aware of what is near the space heater, including upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, or bedding
  • Don't use an extension cord with space heater, plug it directly into the wall

It's also a good idea to ensure each bedroom of your home has a smoke detector. Also, make sure your home furnace has been inspected by a professional in the past 12 months.

For more tips from the NFPA, visit their website or view the video below. The PDF below also has some great tips you can share with your neighbors and coworkers.

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