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Posted: January 02, 2018

Be safe using space heaters through area cold spell

By Mark Jackson

Jacksonville, FL —

In anticipation of wintry weather this week, space heaters are flying off shelves at Jacksonville-area retailers. 

Randy Wyse, President of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, says if you are buying one, make sure it is UL rated. 

He says most of them on sale at major stores are, but it can't hurt to double check the rating. 

Most that use fuel use kerosene, and when filling up, make sure you are outside and about 15 feet away from your home. He says don't worry if a little bit of kerosene is spilled, it's not as dangerous as gasoline. 

Safety tips while using space heaters include keeping all flammable items, such as blankets, at least three feet away from that space heater. 

Also, double check the cord and make sure there are no exposed wires. Make sure the area is clear where you are plugging it in to the wall.

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