Here are some tips the association and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue want to remind you of before you reach for a space heater:
Keep anything that can burn three feet away from heating equipment.
Purchase a heater that has been tested by a qualified agency like Underwriters Laboratory.
Place the heater on a flat, solid surface.
Choose a heater that automatically turns off should it tip over.
Keep heaters out of doorways, don’t block exits with the heater.
Do not use an extension cord, plug your heater directly into an outlet.
Turn off and unplug your space heater when you go to bed, or leave the room it’s in.
If you use central heating to keep your home warm, don’t be alarmed if it smells like it’s burning the first time you turn it on for the season. Experts said more often than not that smell is caused by dust on the system and should only last 10 minutes.
With the temperatures dropping tonight if you plan on using a portable space heater, here are some safety tips to keep in mind pic.twitter.com/3sYIGJKjy9