ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - 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 heatupstlouis.org.

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