THE TRAGIC FIRE IN NYC yesterday that killed 17 people and injured many more was caused by a malfunctioning space heater. Smoke alarms were present and operational. TIPS FOR USE OF A SPACE HEATER If using a space heater while you brave this week’s freezing temperatures, keep yourself and your family safe by following our tips: •Be sure to keep your space heater at least 3 ft. from bedding, curtains and other materials. •Avoid using electric space heaters in the bathroom or other areas where they may come in contact with water. •Never use an extension cord with a space heater, and turn off/unplug the heater when you leave the room. •Purchase a space heater with a thermostat and automatic shut-off, and make sure it includes the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Mark. •The use of kerosene or propane space heaters poses a high risk of injury or death. And remember – always close the door when escaping a fire. Closing the door saves lives.