Space heater safety

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As you brush the dust off your space heater, local fire officials want to remind you safe practices for warming up.

Although it's still in the mid to high 70s in December, cooler weather is right around the corner and South Walton Fire District officials say by following a few basic tips, you can help prevent a fire accident from happening.

"[A] couple things you want to ensure when you use a space heater, you want to make sure you're at least three foot away from anything combustible, keep children away. Curtains, blankets, anything that can catch fire, you want to keep it away," SWFD Fire Marshal, Sammy Sanchez said.

Sanchez also reccomends buying a space heater with a safety feature that automatically cuts it off if it gets tipped over.

"Its like an open flame. You always want to keep your eye on it. You wouldn't leave your stove on and walk away for several house and that's kinda the same thing, same approach you want to take with a space heater," Sanchez said.

Officials said most fire started by space heaters can easily be avoided.