Winter Tips and Tricks!

Safety Tips for Portable Electric Heaters As the cold air begins to set in, many will pull out the handy space heater. Maybe you work in a chilly office, your furnace or HVAC is out, or want to keep the thermostat turned down while warming the room you occupy. For these and other scenarios, a portable electric-powered space heater sure comes in handy. One of the most important things to remember is that electric-powered portables are the only unvented space heater safe to use indoors. This is because they do not fill your living space with undesirable combustion products like carbon monoxide, which can be generated by liquid-fueled heaters. However, their compact size and convenience come with a tradeoff: Extra diligence and careful operation are required to prevent fires, injuries and property damage. Three feet from the heat – The most significant risk is placing heaters too close to combustible materials like bedding, furniture, drapes, carpets or clothing. Blocking the release of heat could overheat the motor, switch or wires and cause a fire. Likewise, be aware of what is above and around the heater. You don’t want something to fall on it. Be the adult in the room – Kids and pets are particularly vulnerable to injuries or damage caused by a portable heater. Because they are unpredictable, you want to keep a kid-free and pet-free zone around the space heater. For these and other reasons, never leave a working portable heater unattended. It is also advised that you turn off a portable heater before going to sleep or leaving the room or house. Plug into safety – Electrical fires can be avoided with the right precautions. NEVER plug heaters into extension cords or power strips! This puts too much resistance on the power draw, raising the temperature at the plug. Use with caution and confidence – It is important to remember a space heater’s limitations. Nevertheless, when operated properly, a plug-in portable heater can be a prized appliance in a pinch. It is also important to note they should never be used as a primary or permanent source of heat. Winter Home Maintenance Reminders: During the winter months especially, there are numerous items in your home that need to be maintained. Below is a list of the most common winter maintenance items which should be checked each season. Winterize outside sprinklers, hoses and faucets Clean out gutters...

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