(CBS Detroit) — Michigan State Police is urging residents to be careful with using space heaters as temperatures drop this winter.

In a tweet on Tuesday, MSP offered tips on space heater safety:

  • Keep them at least three feet from any combustible surface or material.
  • Don’t let children near space heaters.
  • Never use them when you are asleep.

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating is the second leading cause of house fires and injuries and the third leading cause of home fire deaths.

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Between 2014 and 2018, local fire departments responded to an average 48,530 fires per year associated with heating equipment, resulting in 500 deaths, 1,350 injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.

MSP advise resident to buy heaters with UL safety listing and check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism and safety switch.

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