During the cold weather, heaters have become a go-to. That being said, the Walker County Government shared seven safety habits when using these portable heaters.
- Keep all sides of the heater at least 3 feet from beds, clothes, curtains, papers, sofas, and other items that can catch fire.
- Never run the heater’s cord under rugs or carpeting and never power the heater with an extension cord or power strip.
- Make sure the heater is not near water. NEVER touch it if you are wet.
- Place the heater on a stable, level surface where it will not be knocked over.
- Never leave the heater operating while unattended or while you are sleeping.
- If the heater’s cord or plug is HOT, disconnect the heater and contact an authorized repair person. If any part of the outlet is hot, contact a certified electrician.
- Check SaferProducts.gov to see if your electric heater has been recalled.
Residents who may need smoke alarms in their home are encouraged to call 706-539-1255 ext 1. A time will be scheduled for a firefighter to come to your home and install alarms for free.