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Fire Officials Warn of Space Heating Hazards

UPPER ARLINGTON (Tom Bosco/Kate Liebers) -- As temperatures drop, firefighters are increasing their efforts to warn people of alternative heat sources.

Officials said a space heater, for example, can be dangerous if used improperly.

"There's a reason they call it a space heater. It's not meant to heat the entire home. It's meant to heat that space," Upper Arlington Capt. Dan Kochensparger said.

Kochensparger recommended keeping these heaters three feet away from combustible materials, and place it in an area where it is not likely to tip over.

As an extra precaution, he advised using a space heater equipped with an auto-shutoff.

"That way, if it hits the ground, it's going to start to cool down right away," Kochensparger said.

Where the device is plugged can also create a fire hazard. Kochensparger said space heaters should be plugged into an outlet rather than an extension cord.


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