I don’t want to lose my life unnecessarily for something that could have been avoided. If I were to skydive, I would want a backup parachute in addition to my original one. When I’m cooking in my kitchen, I keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case an accident starts a fire. Disaster can be avoided just by being prepared. Every time I use a space heater, I get the same anxiety because they can start a fire with just one slip-up in addition to providing heat. I believe the cause is that when I had one a few years ago, the power cord melted while it was in use, nearly causing a house fire. Surprisingly, according to the articles I’ve read, many of the space heaters I currently see being sold at neighborhood superstores and hardware stores have this problem. As a result, whenever I use my space heaters, I always keep a fire extinguisher and a smoke alarm nearby. When using gas heaters, carbon monoxide safety issues also exist. If the fuel is not burned all the way through a gas heating system, odorless, colorless carbon monoxide gas is released into the air. You should be safe as long as you use carbon monoxide detectors when using gas appliances. This final step is crucial because there is no other way to determine if your air is tainted with carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide detectors are required for gas ovens and dryers. Because it could save their lives as well as the lives of others, everyone should always be ready, cautious, and protected.