If breathing clean air indoors is important, you may have reason to be concerned about kerosene heater safety.
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Are kerosene heaters hazardous to your health? Although they're not considered to be conclusive, several studies do indicate that both convective and radiant kerosene room heaters produce levels of harmful pollutants that exceed outdoor air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Because of the reports and resulting citizen pressure, the Consumer Product Safety Commission — which has twice rejected petitions asking that the heaters be banned — is now conducting its own kerosene heater safety tests. The results of the investigation are scheduled to be released this summer.