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Firefighters warn of space heater safety as temps drop

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

As the temperatures turn colder, more people will be turning on space heaters to stay warm in their homes.

But Quincy firefighters warn that they battle dozens of house fires every winter from people misusing space heaters.

The key danger associated with space heaters is when people put something that could catch on fire too close to the heater.

To be safe, Quincy firefighter Jerry Smith says the space heater needs to be at least three feet from anything that could catch on fire.

"Nationally there's about an average of 57,000 reported fires due to space heaters. And there's annually an average of over 450 deaths due to the space heaters," Smith said.

Also, you'll need a kid slash pet free zone so the space heater can't get knocked over.

Some automatically turn off if they get knocked over, those are recommended.

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