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Space Heater Safety

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Cold Weather is Here

Cold weather is finally starting to arrive here in Northeast Florida! With that in mind SERVPRO of Putnam County is here with a few tips to keep you and your family safe if you plan on using a space heater to keep your home warm!

Selecting a Space Heater

When selecting your space heater, look for one that automatically shuts off if it gets too hot or if it tips over. These features are really helpful in households where there are active children or pets.

Placing the Heater

When placing your space heater in your home be sure to place it at least three feet away from anything that may be flammable. If anything flammable falls onto the heating element or a hot surface in the heater it will cause a fire. Also do not place the heater in an area that is wet or damp. doing so will increase the risk of electric shock.

Avoid Extension Cords

The safest way to use your space heater is to plug it directly into an outlet. If you must use and extension cord be sure to use one that is properly rated for the heater. Use of an inappropriate extension cord increases the risk of overheating, fire, and electric shock.

Always Watch

Never leave a running space heater unattended! Always turn off and unplug the heater when leaving the room or leaving your home!

Winter is upon us, so be safe and stay warm!

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