WITH COLD WEATHER ON THE WAY, FIREFIGHTERS WARN TO BE CAUTIOUS WHEN USING HEATERS

Space Heaters

Story by WVUA 23’s Lacey Beasley.

With temperatures dropping below freezing on Monday night and throughout the week, there are many safety precautions to take to ensure space heaters do not catch on fire.

During this time of year, heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires, especially during December, January, and February.

Firefighter-paramedic Nick Gober said there are many ways to prevent these fires.

“When you are using a space heater, you always want to make sure you keep it at least 3-feet away from anything that’s flammable or any children,” Gober said. “You never want to use an extension cord. You want to plug it directly into the outlet. The space heaters that have an automatic shut off if it were to tip over is a very good thing to have.”

If a space heater uses fuel, always use the manufacturer’s recommended option and make sure there is a carbon monoxide detector.

Gober also said there is one common way heaters catch on fire.

“The main thing is leaving them unattended is a big thing where something can get thrown over the heater and you not really know it and it builds over time,” Gober said.

In regards to pipes, put an insulator over the ones outside to help prevent bursting. Also, leave faucets dripping.

Gober said always stay in the room while it’s turned on, especially if there are young children who could potentially throw something flammable near the heater.

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