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Electrical safety for cold weather months!

If you haven’t already noticed, winter is quickly approaching and the cold air is sneaking into your home trying to freeze you out.  With that being said… everyone is trying to stay warm, while trying to save some money at the same time.  The cold weather prompts concern and Cleveland residents should be cognizant of the fact that the majority of electrical fires take place in the winter months.

In 2012 the City of Cleveland Fire Department reported 216 fires with an electrical origin. Some of the contributing factors in these fires are electric blankets, space heaters, over exerting power strips and/or extension cords, and the use of counterfeit electrical products that have not met safety standards.

When using these items you should follow these safety tips:

  • Always unplug your electric blanket when not in use.
  • Keep all furniture, draperies, flammable materials, and other household objects at least three feet from your space heater.
  • Plug portable space heaters directly into the outlet – DO NOT USE AN EXTENSION CORD!
  • If an in-wall or baseboard heater is shut off at the circuit breaker, be sure to lock or tag the circuit breaker to prevent someone else from turning it back on.
  • Because it is common for portable heaters and electric blankets to be recalled, make sure you check your brand and model to ensure that your particular heater or blanket has not been subject to and product recalls.
  • Never ever purchase a counterfeit electrical product because they have not met any of the testing or safety standards and they can be extremely hazardous.

By following this safety advice, you should have a warm cozy and safe winter season.  Additionally, be sure to check the batteries in your smoke detector.

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