Keeping Warm and Staying Safe with Tips from FDNY

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Winter is definitely making its presence known this week, and with the FDNY saying that more than 33% of home fires occur during the months of December, January, and February, it’s a good time to review some winter safety tips.

If planning on using an electric space heater:

•  Never use an extension cord with a space heater.

•  Inspect the electrical cord before each use for damage.

•  Keep young children and pets away from space heaters.

•  Only use equipment that has the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Mark.

•  Avoid using electric space heaters in areas where they may come in contact with water.

•  Turn off/unplug the space heater whenever you leave the room.

•  Never use the kitchen over or gas range to heat your home or apartment due to carbon monoxide dangers.

If using electric blankets:

•  Only use electric blankets that have the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Mark.

•  Inspect the electrical cord before each use for damage.

•  Replace all electric blankets that are more than 10 years old. 99% of blanket fires have been caused by blankets that are 10 years or older.

•  Purchase blankets that have an automatic shut off.

•  Always buy new, not second hand electric blankets.

•  Replace any blankets that have broken or frayed cords.

•  Avoid tucking the electric blanket in at the sides of the bed.

•  Avoid placing other blankets or comforters on top of the electric blanket.

•  It is best to warm your bed with the electric blanket, and then take it off before you go to sleep.

For more tips on winter safety, visit the FDNY education page. It’s also a good idea to check in on any neighbors and family members who might need some extra help during the next several days. If you or someone you know is in need of a warming center, a full list of locations in all five boroughs can be found here. The Park Slope Senior Citizens Center at 463A 7th Street has been designated as our local spot.

NY1 reports that, “having skin exposed for as little as 15 minutes could lead to health problems,” so it’s best to just stay inside as much as you can. If you do need to be outside, dress in layers, and get to your destination as quickly as possible.

Be sure to let us know if you’re having any cold weather issues, and we’ll do what we can to help.

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