Winter can be a dangerous time, so Edgar Snyder & Associates has some tips on how to stay safe:

• Never leave pets and young children alone in a room with a space heater.
• Buy a space heater that has a guard around the heating element. This will help keep kids and pets safe from burns.
• Choose one that’s tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Not only do they meet certain safety standards, but manufacturers have to provide use and care information to consumers.
• Never leave a space heater turned on when you leave the house or go to sleep. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can form if you’re using a fuel-fired heater, and a fire can start if you’re using an electric model.
• Don’t run several appliances at the same time if you’re using a space heater. In addition, don’t use extension cords with them. This will help avoid a circuit overload.
• Check your heaters regularly – look for frayed wires and remove dust accumulation on grates, grills, coils, and other elements of the heater. All of these are a fire hazard.
• To help prevent shocks, avoid using space heaters in rooms where spills and moisture build-ups are likely, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
• If you have an older model, consider getting a newer one that most likely has improved safety features.

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