INDIANAPOLIS — If you rely on a space heater when the temperatures drop, you'll want to make sure you do so safely.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 44% of home heating fires - and 81% of deaths in those fires - are caused by space heaters.
The NFPA has put together a list of things to double-check before turning on that space heater:
- Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection, and auto shut-off in case it tips over.
- Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
- Keep the heater at least three feet away - on all sides - from anything that can burn. That includes people and pets.
- Plug the space heater directly into a wall outlet, never an extension cord.
Also, always turn off your heater when you leave the room or go to bed.
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