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Now You Know: Safety first when using space heaters

With more cold weather on the way, the Propane Gas Association of New England wants to make sure folks who use propane space heaters follow a few safety rules:

Use the right kind of heater. Some propane space heaters are designed only for use outdoors, others for indoor use. High levels of carbon monoxide can be generated from heaters that aren’t designed for indoor use.

∎ To help prevent fires and/or burns, place heaters at least 3 feet away from any objects such as bedding, furniture, or drapes, and avoid close contact by people or pets.

∎ If your space heater is meant to be ventilated, check the vents to be sure flue gases can flow easily to the outdoors. Obstructions can cause build-up of carbon monoxide in your home.

∎ Install a carbon monoxide detector, which will let you know when there are excessive levels of this poison in the air.

∎ If you or a family member shows symptoms of poisoning, get everyone out of the building and call 911. If it’s safe to do so, open windows to allow entry of fresh air and turn off any appliances you suspect may be releasing carbon monoxide.

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