Have you heard of the 3-feet rule? Me neither but I think that it'll be a good thing to learn. It's simple really and it'll  help you keep a whole lot of people safe, especially during the cold New York winter months.

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The 3-feet rule was made to protect us and our household items. The idea is to keep things at least 3 feet away from indoor space heaters, baseboards, and fireplaces. This rule is important for New Yorkers to keep us safe at home especially during the winter month.

It's so important that  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) wants everyone from the Empire State to know about it. So why is this rule so important? Well, these heaters can get really hot and can be a big fire hazard if they are to close to them.

CDC Fire Prevention Tips

By keeping a 3-foot distance you lessen the chance of a fire and keep your home and family safe. The CDC has some great information on the 3-feet rule and you can see it at CDC - Indoor Safety.

They talk about following the manufacturer's instructions and have tips for using wood stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters safely. It's important to use space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.

You also should have proper ventilation if you're using a kerosene heater and only use the kind of fuel that your heater is designed for. Finally, never cover your space heater or put it on top of furniture or near water.

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