Tuesday, January 31, 2023
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OUC Provides Tips to Keep Central Florida Families Safe & Warm

As the temperatures drop this weekend and Central Floridians break out warming devices like space heaters and electric blankets, OUC has safety reminders for Orlando residents, including:

  • Always keep space heaters at least three feet away from bedding, drapery, rugs, and anything that can burn.
  • Always turn off and unplug space heaters and electric blankets when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Never use extension cords or surge protectors – as these can overheat and cause an electrical fire. Plug your space heater directly into a wall outlet – and avoid plugging additional electrical devices into the outlet to prevent overheating.
  • Don’t put cords underneath rugs.
  • Keep space heaters on level, flat surfaces.
  • Before each use, inspect your heater for loose connections and cracked or broken plugs. Do NOT use if cords are frayed, worn or damaged.

When temperatures cool off, bills can rise. Here are a few money-saving tips:

  • Keep thermostats set at 68 degrees or lower with the thermostat fan switch on “auto” to save energy.
  • To save even more, lower your thermostat to 65 degrees or cooler at bedtime or when you’re away from home.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and maximize your energy savings.
  • Use a space heater, electric blanket or extra layers of clothing for less expensive ways to stay warm.

Click here for more safety and saving tips from OUC.

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