Many of us use a small space heater when it’s a particularly cold day outside. Space heaters are a smart choice: They are energy-efficient, since they heat up a single room or space, and they have also gotten safer over time. But even as space heaters have improved, precautions should be taken when using them. If you need an extension cord, for example, don’t use just any extension cord. It’s important to use a heavy-duty kind (marked with “14 gauge wire”), which is the same variety you would use outdoors. This will ensure the power is properly grounded so your heater operates safely.
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