Fulton County Residents Encouraged to Take Precautions During Winter Months When Using Space Heaters | Print |

Cold weather is the primary forecast for local weather.  According to local weather experts, the month of January is the coldest month in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County.  Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants to encourage residents who use space heaters to keep their homes warm to pay close attention to safety tips when using the equipment.

Residents should know that heating an entire home using space heaters alone is a safety hazard.  Most people are not aware war that space heaters should only be used as a back up for the main heating system of a home.  However, according to the Department of Energy, the unsafe use of electric space heaters are the cause of more than 25,000 residential fires, 300 deaths, and almost 6,000 emergency room visits per year. 

Cooperative Extension offers the following safety tips:

  • when using space heaters be, sure to use newer models that shut off when tipped over
  • if using an older model heater, have it inspected by a professional for possible problems
  • select a space heater that is appropriate for the size of the room being heated
  • turn space heaters off when place the heater on a level surface away from the traffic of the room
  • place heaters out of reach of children
  • place the heater on a level surface away from curtains or other fabrics
  • leaving the home or exiting the room for long periods of time

We all want to be warm this winter, but more importantly we all need to be safe.  For more information, contact Fulton County Cooperative Extension at (404) 332-2400 or log-on to www.fultoncountyga.gov.