According to the U.S. Fire Administration, alternate sources of heating cause about 12 percent of house fires each year.
That being said, the Lexington Fire Department has offered these tips on how to properly use safe heaters in your home this winter:
• Keep them three feet away from anything that could burn (i.e.: rugs, drapes or furniture).
• Turn them off when you go to sleep or leave the room.
• Put them on a stable, hard surface.
• Keep them away from children and pets.
• Do not use them to dry clothing.
• Do not put anything on top or above them.
• Use the right fuel listed by the manufacturer.
• If it is kerosene fueled, fill it up outside before using it inside.
• Plug electric heaters into the wall. Do not use an extension cord.
• Have a working smoke detector.
• Never heat your home with a stove.
According to the Lexington Fire Department, the worst months for fires are November through February; due partially to the use of extra heating sources.