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January 25, 2013
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Islanders warned to be cautious when using space heaters

Environment, Labour and Justice

Cold weather is leading more Islanders to use space heaters, but they should take precautions with these devices, Environment, Justice and Labour Minister Janice Sherry says.

“Right now we are in a period of intense cold, so people naturally want to use heaters to add a little extra warmth to their homes. I want to make certain that Islanders know how and where to use these heaters,” said the minister. “If not used properly, a heater can become a fire hazard.”

The Office of the Fire Marshal has produced a safety sheet advising Islanders on the safe use of heaters in the home.

“It’s fine to use heaters in order to warm living spaces,” said Fire Marshal Dave Rossiter. “But people must be sure they are using the appropriate kind of heater, that they’re putting them in safe places and that heaters are never too close to fuel sources that could start a fire.”

Rossiter issued a bulletin today with the following safety tips.

• When buying a heater, look for one that has been tested and labeled by a nationally recognized testing company, such as ULC or CSA.

• Keep the heater at least three feet away from drapes, furniture or other flammable materials.

• Place the heater on a level surface away from areas where someone might bump into it and knock it over.

• Avoid using extension cords. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is a heavy duty cord marked with a power rating at least as high as that on the label of the heater itself.

• Never leave a space heater unattended or running while you sleep.

• Supervise children and pets when a space heater is in use.

• Keep electric heaters away from water. Never use them near a sink or in the bathroom.

• Always make sure there is a working smoke alarm on every level of the home and a planned escape route.

“If you must use a space heater, use it as safely as possible,” Minister Sherry said.

Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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