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Dubuque Fire: Keep warm, safe with indoor space heaters

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

As the cold temperatures are rolling in, space heaters are rolling out of stores all across eastern Iowa. They're popular, but they can be dangerous.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, nearly half of house fires during the winter months are caused by space heaters. Firefighters with the Dubuque Fire Department said Sunday they only respond to a handful of calls related to space heater fires during the winter time, but they admit space heaters can be deadly.

Kyle Burke, a Dubuque firefighter, offers these tips for those who plan on using a space heater during these cold winter months.

"When you're using space heater you want to make sure they're not around any combustible materials. Plug them directly into an outlet and do not use any extension cord. If you have any children around make sure that they are attended to when they are around the space heater," Burke said.

Firefighters said space heaters should only be used in small areas of a home and they're not a replacement for a furnace. They said if you're going to use a space heater inside your home consider buying a newer, electric one. Many of those space heaters are programmed to automatically shut off if it tips over.

Burke also said you should not have the space heater within three feet of any other objects.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, nearly 24% of home fires take place because a space heater is placed to close to furniture.

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