by Nicole Stevens
Winter in Florida may not feature any snow, but it does produce a chill that makes you want to pull out that electric blanket and a small space heater and warm up! With that kind of weather slowly creeping in for the season, a crash course in space heater and electric blanket safety is a great idea. Here you’ll find five top tips to keep your home safe this winter.
- Update your equipment! Sometimes it’s worth it to bite the bullet and get that new heater or an extra electric blanket just in case. Frayed wires can easily spark and ignite a fire inside your home. Any indication of a color change in your electric blanket means it’s time to discard that one and use a new one. The discoloration means the heating elements are beginning to burn internally.
- Never leave units on unattended. Sure it’s a welcoming thought to come home to a toasty home, but it could suddenly end up in flames. New unit or not, a space heater should never be left on unsupervised. Along with that, it’s advised to keep young children and pets away from the space heater as well. The surface can become incredibly hot and burn if touched.
- When purchasing a new unit, check for an automatic shutoff feature. This is especially important in heated blankets, as it will insure the unit does not overheat. Overheating can end up in melted elements and potential burns.
- Never use extension cords! Space heaters and electric blankets are only meant to be plugged into a wall outlet, never an extension cord.
- Keep space heaters on level ground, preferably a tile floor. Never elevate heaters with furniture or place on carpet.
Following these basic tips will help keep your home warm and safe during a chilly winter. Make sure all unit purchased have been tested for safety and come with the marks UL, ETL, or CSA. That’s just one extra tip for insuring your home is protected.