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Space heater safety tips

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As the temperatures continue to fall, many families will turn on space heaters to keep warm.

A Sikeston man is without a home, and officials say it could be because of a space heater.

So, before you plug it in, read these tips from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

  • Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.

  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.

  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.

  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.

  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.

  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.

  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.

  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.

  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.

  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.

  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

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