MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- With winter approaching and the need for heat rising, it's important to take the proper precautions to keep you and your family safe.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has some helpful tips to get you through the colder months when using central, wall, and portable heating:
- Avoid lint build-up by vacuuming the floor furnace and the area around it regularly.
- Don't place rugs, furniture or combustible items over or near the grill.
- Do not block the airflow.
- Unvented space heaters are not to be used as the sole source of heat in your home.
- Never leave the heater operating while unattended or while you are sleeping.
- Clean and replace filters when necessary.
- Only use a wall outlet if the heater plug fits tightly.
- When using portable heaters, check frequently to make sure the plug or cord, wall outlet, or faceplate is not hot! If the cord is hot, disconnect the heater and have it inspected and repaired by an authorized repair person.
- Never power a heater with an extension cord or power strip.
- Be sure that portable heaters are placed on a stable, level surface, and located where it will not be knocked over.
- When purchasing any heater, ask the salesperson whether the heater has been safety-certified. A certified heater will have a safety certification mark. See the following web site (OSHA) for a list of accepted certification marks: http://188.8.131.52/dts/otpca/nrtl/nrtl.mrk.html
ALSO: Never use your oven, range or outdoor barbecue to heat your home because these appliances are not designed for this purpose.