Walker Government Shares Portable Heater Safety Tips


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.

  1. Keep all sides of the heater at least 3 feet from beds, clothes, curtains, papers, sofas, and other items that can catch fire.
  2. Never run the heater’s cord under rugs or carpeting and never power the heater with an extension cord or power strip.
  3. Make sure the heater is not near water. NEVER touch it if you are wet.
  4. Place the heater on a stable, level surface  where it will not be knocked over.
  5. Never leave the heater operating while unattended or while you are sleeping.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.