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The National Fire Protection Association reports that heating equipment, such as space heaters, is the second-leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Portable space heaters have become a popular way to supplement central heating. More than half (53%) of all home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that began when heating equipment was too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.
If you plan to use portable electric heaters, make sure to follow these tips and recommendations provided by NFPA:
For more portable heater safety information, visit National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org or contact Carbondale Fire Department Administration at 618-457-3234.