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One of the biggest hazards in the home during the winter months is space heaters. Not only can space heaters be a hazard, they can also add to your electric bill. Below are some tips for safely using a space heater in your home:
- Keep any combustible objects away from the heater at all times.
- Make sure heater is plugged into a snug outlet. Loose outlets can cause fires.
- Do not run cords through carpets or rugs. This can cause them to overheat and start a fire.
- Do not leave children unsupervised around space heaters.
- Do not use space heaters in wet or moist areas. Unless specifically built for that purpose, the heater can cause dangerous electrical shocks.
- Do not place heaters where they can easily be tipped over.
- Turn off and unplug space heater when not in use.
Another hazard of winter is the loss of power because of a storm. In the event of a power outage, here are some tips:
- Keep a supply of flashlights, powered lamps and new batteries handy. You should never use candles.
- Keep cell phones charged through the storm and limit use during the power outage to emergency calls only.
- Keep a supply of non-perishable can goods and bottled water in the home.
- Know the route to designated emergency shelters.
While the above precautions are a great way to prep your home for winter, the best way to get ready for the months ahead is to call Michael & Son and schedule a free electrical inspection. And don't forget to ask about our generator services.
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