Thursday, October 27, 2011

Winter Safety Tips for Heating Your Apartment

We all want to stay warm and cozy this winter.. with Fall upon us Winter is just around the corner. A fire wouldn't be the way to start off the holiday season now would it? Here are a few things to remember this season.

Potential heating device hazards:

A space heater can help the space near you toasty warm, but it can't & shouldn't be used to heat your entire apartment. If you do make use of a space heater, make sure to take the following precautions:
  • Plug into the wall directly - NO EXTENSION CORDS
  • Position so that you don't have to worry about it being a trip hazard
  • Be very careful about placing object too close  - keep NOTHING within 3 feet of it
  • Not recommended if you have small children in the home, if so be prepared to play defense between them and the heater
  • Unplug it any time you leave the room. Do Not Leave Unattended
A similar product which all love on a cold winter night is a electric blanket, again make sure to take the following precautions:
  • Ensure that anyone who operates it knows how to do so correctly
  • Don't put the blanket in the washing machine!
  • Don't scrunch it up, sit on it or pile it up while it's on.
  • Turn off when you are warm enough, if you ever see smoke from any part of the blanket - TURN OFF IMMEDIATELY
  • Check the Consumer Product Safety Commissions website to avoid makes and models with known safety concerns
A little bit of a safety review never hurts. The above information is all found on the web and you can certainly check with the manufacturer if you have any further concerns on a particular product.

Happy Fall and Winter to come!

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