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McAllen Fire Department offers space heater safety tips

4 months 1 week 1 day ago Monday, January 17 2022 Jan 17, 2022 January 17, 2022 9:14 AM January 17, 2022 in News - Local

Space heaters can be dangerous if they’re not used properly or they malfunction — but if you follow these steps, you can avoid complications.

McAllen Fire Department’s Public Life and Safety Officer Dr. Lucas Garza has the following tips:

  • Buy space heaters that are accredited by a licensing agency, such as Underwriter Laboratory, to ensure the safety of the device
  • Consider buying space heater that has safety shut off switch 
  • If you’re not in the same room, shut off the space heater or unplug it
  • Keep out of reach of children or pets
  • Keep it within 3-feet distance from anything that can catch fire, such as furniture or curtains
  • Read instructions and manufacturer’s recommendations
  • If space heater is gas-powered, make sure you have carbon monoxide detector

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