BEVERLY (CBS) — As cold as it is right now, and as much as it costs to heat our homes, the state is out with a warning.

They are warning of the dangers of using ovens and overloading outlets with space heaters.

Already this week there have been fires in Beverly, Somerville and Middleton blamed on space heaters.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

In Beverly, fire investigators say several space heaters were running because the family didn’t have home heating oil, adding one of the tanks was empty.

“People are trying to save whatever they can and now we have rising oil prices, so that’s going to drive people to alternative heat sources,” said Chief Kevin Robinson, the president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association.

“A space heater’s supposed to be three feet from combustibles, and combustibles are the clothes that you’re wearing, a stack of newspapers, drapes, bedding materials, and we’re seeing that three foot distance is not being maintained,” said Robinson.

Comments (9)
  1. Charlie says:

    Everyone uses those heaters, oils over 3 bucks a gallon

  2. Charlie says:

    Some of there oil tanks r empty and use those heaters cause it’s cheap, money rules everything, and this is no different, I need to get 2 heaters cause it’s gonna be cold next week

  3. Dan says:

    Yes indeed Charlie, but try not to burn your house down. Adhere to the 3 foot rule and make sure they are stable, so they don’t fall over. Otherwise you’ll have more heat than you could ever hope for.

  4. Dan says:

    FYI – There are oil filled space heaters that look like radiators and plug in. They are safer because there is no exposed heating element.

    1. Charlie says:

      Thank u for ur info Dan

  5. Cynic says:

    It isn’t that prople are “TRYING TO SAVE” the money……It’s that they DON’t HAVE THE MONEY.

  6. Cynic says:

    I got what is called a “Milk-House” heater from Amazon….They are very durable,safe and work very well. The one I got will keep a room about 75 degrees and my electric bill went up ony $10.00 for the month of December.

  7. ann says:

    Hrllo Dan is right
    i own a oil filled space heater they are safer then than oild space heates.
    I think they should out law the old space heater. they are So danger of set
    house fires and i dont care for them at all
    i like oil space heaters look like a radiators better
    have good weekend everyonr
    and thanks dan for FYI

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