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Warmth, Safety Possible During Winter Storm Emergencies

Staying Warm Through The Storm

Cleveland, OH ---- The howling winds of winter storms may bring more than freezing cold and drifts of snow. They may bring down power lines, shutting off heat and light for anyone in the storm's path. An indoor-safe portable propane heater provides necessary heat while eliminating the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Be sure to read all the manufacturer's packaging carefully to make sure that the heater is approved for indoor use. Some products like portable propane camp stoves, heaters, lanterns and grills, are designed to be used outdoors, in freely ventilated areas. They should never be used inside, especially while sleeping, because they burn and consume oxygen for combustion and give off carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide reduces the blood's ability to carry oxygen and low oxygen levels in the blood could result in the loss of consciousness and death.

An indoor-safe portable propane heater, like the patented Buddy or Big Buddy from Mr. Heater Corporation, has an oxygen depletion system (ODS) that automatically shuts off the heater if the oxygen level is reduced below acceptable standards within an enclosed area. The Buddy heater features high and low settings (4,000 and 9,000 BTUs) and weighs only eight pounds. It can heat up to 200 square feet of space for as long as six hours on a single, disposable one-pound propane cylinder. The Big Buddy features three heat settings of 4,000, 9,000 and 18,000 BTU/HR and can heat up to 400 square feet, supplying 6 to 12 hours of heat from two, one-pound propane cylinders.

Buddy and Big Buddy are available through hardware, home center, and farm-related retailers.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Heater Inc., a subsidiary of Enerco Group, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of gas-fired portable heating products for consumer, commercial and industrial applications. For more information visit www.mrheater.com or contact Dennis O'Toole at Mr. Heater; 216-916-3000 or 800-251-0001 or dennis.otoole@enerco-mrheater.com.

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