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Space Heater Precautions
 

Heating equipment is responsible for a big share of fires in seniors' homes. Extra caution should be used with alternate heaters such as wood stoves or electric space heaters. Too often the heaters become a fire hazard, particularly when newspapers and other combustibles are left nearby.

  • Buy only UL-approved heaters. Check your heaters often to make sure they are in good condition.
  • Burning fuel can produce deadly fumes; only use them in well-ventilated areas. Use only the manufacturer's recommended fuel for each heater.
  • Do not use electric space heaters in the bathroom or around other wet areas.
  • Do not dry or store objects on top of your heater. Keep combustiblies away from heat sources.
 
 

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