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Published October 17, 2011, 07:08 PM

Changing weather has space heaters in demand

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With the temperatures beginning to drop, more and more people are looking to buy space heaters. But with those space heaters, comes danger. Tonight, a reminder about safety.

With the temperatures beginning to drop, more and more people are looking to buy space heaters. But with those space heaters, comes danger. Tonight, a reminder about safety.

With the colder temperatures approaching, Scheels Home and Hardware Electrical Manager Monte Koffler says space heater have been flying off the shelves, he says the number one thing people can do for their safety is to read the instructions. Koffler also points out some of the new safety features like the new infrared technology. This keeps the outside of the heater cool enough to touch and will blow lower temperatures of hot air out over a longer periods of time.

Koffler says one important thing to remember is to make sure you are using a heavy extension cord, because if it is too light it can get warm enough to melt and start a fire. Some people may only consider how hot the heater can get, but Koffler says this isn't the most important consideration.

Monte Koffler – Electrical Manager, Scheels: “The safety features are the more important things to consider because when you look at just the bare mechanics of it, the wattage on most heaters is about the same.”

Fire officials say the new safety features are important but one of the most important factors is where you put the space heater.

Gary Lorenz – Acting Assistant Chief, Fargo Fire: “The biggest concern is to keep them away from combustibles, we don't want anything that could ignite near, or could fall on the heater.”

When in doubt both Koffler and Lorenz say use common sense. Lorenz says placing space heaters near combustibles is the leading cause of space heater fires.

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