17
February
2020
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09:26 AM
America/New_York

Stay Warm and Safe with These Tips

When the weather is cold, the risk for fire and electrical safety hazards increases. As temperatures drop, people can turn to space heaters and electric blankets to stay warm.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends following these steps to safeguard your loved ones and home from potential fire and electrical safety hazards this winter.

  • Don't overload outlets: Overloaded outlets are a major cause of residential fires. Instead, plug appliances directly into a wall outlet. In general, if you’re relying heavily on extension cords, you may need additional outlets to address your needs. Contact a qualified electrician to inspect your home and add new outlets.
  • Never leave space heaters unattended: Overloaded outlets are a major cause of residential fires. Instead, plug appliances directly into a wall outlet. In general, if you’re relying heavily on extension cords, you may need additional outlets to address your needs. Contact a qualified electrician to inspect your home and add new outlets.
  • Inspect heating pads and electric blankets: These items cause nearly 500 fires every year. Electric blankets that are more than 10 years old create additional risks for a fire hazard. Inspect your electric blankets and heating pads – look for dark, charred or frayed spots, and make sure the electrical cord is not damaged.