Improper use of portable space heaters accounts for approximately 25,000 household fires each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). As temperatures begin to decline this season, and the price of heating fuel rises, more Americans will inevitably be tempted to use space heaters in their homes. Space heaters are widely available in wood, kerosene, gas, and electric models. Regardless of the model, however, CPSC offers the following fire prevention suggestions:
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