ST. LOUIS ( - The organization Heat Up St. Louis posted to social media Friday morning reminding people about the dangers of using space heaters, especially as a primary source of heating.

We know those small space heaters are typically used when the main heating system doesn't work or simply cost too much to install or operate. They're less expensive to use too.

However, firefighters say they are dangerous.

“Space heaters are not safe, 100-percent,” said Captain Jason Douster with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District. “If you have to use them, don't plug them into a power cord. Use a circuit that's got a circuit breaker on there will flip on it. We urge people not to use space heaters of any kind in their homes. We understand sometimes they have to, but be aware and keep things spaced away from them.”

Here are some tips firefighters suggest following when using a space heater in your house:

  • When you buy one, be sure you only purchase the newer models.
  • Pick the proper size for the room you have.
  • Unplug when not in use
  • Turn it off when you're not in the room.

As Heat Up St. Louis says, it's dangerous to use space heaters as a primary source of heat.

If you or someone you know needs heating help as we get into these colder months, go to

Copyright 2018 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved

News 4 Reporter

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.