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February 5, 2007

Albany -- With another night of sub-freezing temperatures in South Georgia , Firefighters warn you to use space heaters with care. A lot of people don't realize how dangerous they can be.

A space heater can heat a box to almost 190° in just seconds.

 Albany Fire Chief James Carswell worries that many people use space heaters exclusively to heat their homes on these cold nights, and they are not made to run for long periods.

Carswell said "They need to be allowed a time to cool down between uses. If you don't do that, it's going to break down somewhere. Usually in the cords, it will actually short out the cord."

Carswell said you must keep space heaters away from other objects that could catch on fire, and limit the amount of time the heaters run, giving them a cool off period.

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