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    Kerosene Heaters

    • Learn local and state codes and regulations about the use of kerosene heaters. These heaters are illegal for home use in some areas.
    • Use kerosene only. Never use gasoline in your heater. Gasoline is highly volatile, greatly increasing the risk of fire. Refill kerosene heaters outside after they have cooled down.
    • If a flare-up occurs, activate the manual shut-off switch and call your fire department.
    • Place the heater at least three feet away from anything that can burn and in a low traffic area so it will not be knocked over or trap you in the event of a fire.
    • Keep the room ventilated (a door open, or a window ajar) to prevent an indoor air pollution problem.

    Gas-Fired Space Heaters

    These heaters should not be used in small, enclosed areas -- especially bedrooms -- because there is potential for explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning.

    • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for lighting the pilot. Otherwise, gas vapors can accumulate and ignite, burning your hand or face.
    • Light a match to ignite the pilot before you turn on the gas; it will prevent gas buildup. Keep flammable materials away from gas-fired appliances.
    • Do not use a propane heater (LP) with a gas cylinder.

    Other Hazards

    • Use proper fuses in electrical boxes, do not overload outlets, and use insulated and grounded electrical cords.
    • Keep trash cleaned up in attics, basements, and garages.
    • Be careful with gas equipment such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, and chain saws.
    • Avoid fireworks. Think of safety first when dealing with fireworks.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 25, 2016
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