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Space Heaters Flying Off Store Shelves
MIAMISBURG -- The hardest items to find now at local stores are space heaters, but while the extra heat is nice, it can pose some dangers.
"They've been coming in and out all day," said Doug Campbell, Assistant Manager at ACE Hardware in Miamisburg.
In and out of this Ace Hardware store, "we've had a huge run on space heaters, the smaller heaters went quick the last two days," said Campbell.
They went so quickly, the store can't keep up with demand.
"The way I understand most everyone in town is pretty much out of the smaller heaters, or out of heaters period," said Campbell.
We called around and found the ace hardware in Centerville is out completely, Home Depot had just a few, and Lowe's had none at all.
But this Ace still has a few of the larger ones left.
"The few we do have is, you know, better than most," said Campbell.
And for Richard Jestice, luck was on his side.
He stopped in for a kerosene siphon pump for his heater.
"Got the last one here and the two other stores were completely out of those," said Richard Jestice.
Space heaters can be dangerous, in fact, they account for one-third of home heating fires....
So, there are some precautions you need to take.
"Certain space heaters are to be used with ventilation," said Jestice, "Just be cautious of that because the carbon monoxide can be very dangerous."
Plus, keep anything that can burn 3-feet away from the front of the heater.
Make sure you turn it off before you leave your home or go to bed.
And when using a space heater, check to make sure your smoke detectors are working.
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