The US Fire Administration reports that space heaters are involved in 74% of fire-related deaths. Purchase a space heater that is approved by a safety testing agency like UL that has an emergency shut off and is plugged into an outlet with a GFI.
NEVER leave a space heater unattended. Space heaters should be placed on flat, level, non-flammable surfaces and not near drapery, bedding or anything flammable.
Keep kids and pets away from heaters.
Never use your oven to heat your home.
Have heating and chimneys cleaned and inspected annually.
Ensure that you have a working smoke detector and CO detector – make sure to test them regularly!