Health Watch -- Safe and Warm: Heat Sources

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When it’s cold outside, we look for ways to stay warm inside. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about how you can stay both safe and warm through the rest of the winter. With heating costs so high, some people may be tempted to try alternative ways of keeping warm. But doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say make sure they don’t lead to fires, injuries or death.

You should never use the stovetop or the oven to heat your home. That can be a serious fire danger. If you use space heaters, Dr. Paul Pepe, UT Southwestern’s chairman of emergency medicine, says you must keep the heaters away from flammable objects like curtains or upholstery. You also shouldn’t operate space heaters around unattended children or pets.

Next: Other heating concerns.

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January 2006

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