Keep Safe and Warm This Winter
When the chill of fall and winter set in, be aware of potential fire hazards that are lurking in your home. Whether keeping warm with heat from your furnace, space heater, fireplace, or electric blanket, Safe Electricity offers these tips to prevent a fire in your home:
- Have your furnace inspected annually.
- Always place your space heater on a steady surface and away from curtains, tablecloths or other flapping fabrics. Use a space heater with an automatic shut-off switch.
- Be sure your chimney is clear before each use, and cover your fireplace with a screen to keep children and pets away from flames.
- Inspect electric blankets for scorch marks or visible damage regularly.
For more tips on fire prevention, visit SafeElectricity.org.