Many of us use a space heater as an energy-efficient way to add supplemental heat to warm up a room. Although the design of these little heaters has changed over the years to improve their safety, they still can pose a fire hazard. One important tip from the Consumer Product Safety Commission is that if you need to use an extension cord with your heater, use the 14-gauge heavy-duty kind. This type of cord (usually designed for outdoor use) ensures the electricity is properly grounded when you operate the heater.
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