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Fire Officials have a warning for the public for this cold winter season. They are urging you not to plug your space heaters into power strips or extension cords.

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According to, officials warn that this is a major fire hazard because power strips and extension cords are not equipped to handle the extra current flow needed to power a space heater and can overheat and even catch fire.

Space heaters should always be plugged directly into a wall and watched closely and not to fall asleep with it on. Officials say that within a 4-year span, space heaters were responsible for an estimated 56,000 reported U.S. home fires. Nearly half of those happened in the months of December -February.

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