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WASHINGTON, D.C. - As fire departments across the country battle winter home fires, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds consumers to demonstrate care when purchasing and using space heaters. CPSC estimates that space heaters, including both fixed and portable heaters, are associated with about 21,800 residential fires every year. About 300 people die each year in fires started by these heaters.

Fuel-burning space heaters also can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and indoor air pollution, because of improper venting or incomplete combustion.

"We're still seeing too many space heater fires," said CPSC Acting Chairman Thomas Moore. "While CPSC has worked hard with industry to improve safety standards for space heaters, consumers must exercise care in their purchase and use."

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