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Posted on: December 4, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Focus on Fire Safety: Portable Heaters

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Focus on Fire Safety: Portable Heaters

An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 70 deaths, 150 injuries and $53 million in property loss.

Only two percent of heating fires in homes involve portable heaters; however, portable heaters are involved in 45 percent of all fatal heating fires in homes!

You can prevent a portable heater fire in your home this winter by following a few fire safety steps:
* Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
* Keep anything that can burn such as bedding, clothing and curtains at least three feet away.
* Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory and with an automatic shut-off so that if they tip over, they shut off.
* Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

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