Winter weather headed our way

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That’s right, the white stuff is on its way. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Winter Weather Tips!

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 also trying to save money.

While we want you to save money, we also want to keep you safe. With the cold weather, there is an increase in the use of electrical appliances, and unfortunately, an increase in electrical fires. Contributing to these fires are the use of electric blankets, space heaters, over exerting power strips and/or extension cords, and the use of counterfeit electrical products which 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 any product recalls.
  • Never 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.  Additionally, be sure to check the batteries in your fire detector because it’s better to be safe than sorry… and NEVER use your oven as a heat source by turning it on and leaving the door open – this could welcome carbon monoxide into your home and the results could be fatal.

We hope these tips will keep you safe this winter!

– Written by Melissa Medina

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