Heating Your Home Safely

This is one of the biggest shopping seasons of the year, and electric heaters are a hot item, especially with the recent cold temperatures.

"A lot of people use these to supplement their heat because they are trying to keep the propane costs down and gas costs down. They can use these little electric heaters and they do a good job in small areas,” comments Home Depot manager, Cliff Thomas.

They may be convenient to use, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly.

"People start using them more and more often to stay warm, especially at night, and the dangers of that are when people are sleeping, not being cautious about leaving them around blankets,” warns Tallahassee Fire Department driver/operator Chad Teems.

"You want to be careful about placing them too close to curtains and too close to the Christmas tree, both real and artificial. You want to have a three-foot clearance of just about anything,” adds Thomas.

Thomas says most electric heaters come with an automatic shut-off function, but just in case, those wanting to stay warm with electric heaters this year are recommended to keep fresh batteries in their smoke detectors.

Thomas says it's also important to have a carbon monoxide detector if you're burning any kind of gas since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless.