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Properly test space heaters before use this season

Cooler temperatures this weekend are causing some people to break out the space heaters, but before you turn one on, there are some safety measures to take.

Remember to turn off your heaters before leaving the room or going to bed.

Another thing you need to do is make sure your space heater has a switch to kill power if it tips over and that the switch works.

On Friday, ABC 17 News news did a random test with a Soleil heater. It was certified UL safe, but the switch failed.

ABC 17 News called the brand maker and gave them the model number and asked why it failed, but did not receive an immediate answer.

Assistant chief Gale Blomenkamp with the Boone County Fire Protection District was surprised with our find, because the heater had the UL label.

“When (people) buy these, they should check the labels,” Blomenkamp said. “Make sure it has a tag on it. Make sure that it’s UL listed and then follow the directions on the tags.”

You also have to be aware of just how hot the heater can get.

“If you read these, these heaters should not be placed within 3 feet of any combustibles,” warns Blomenkamp. “So keep away from curtain, bedding, clothing, that type of thing.”

This is also the time of year to have your furnace serviced and inspected before you fire it up for the winter.

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