(CBS Native) — As quickly because the temperature drops, chances are you’ll really feel the necessity to crank up the warmth.
Earlier than you plug in that dusty previous area heater this winter, you’ll need to comply with this security tip: don’t use extension cords and energy strips.
“You need to by no means plug a heater into an influence strip,” Umatilla County Hearth District #1 in Hermiston, Oregon warned on Fb Sunday whereas posting a photograph of a fried multi-outlet to show their level. “These models will not be designed to deal with the excessive present stream wanted for an area heater and may overheat and even catch hearth because of the added power movement.”
The submit went viral with greater than 23,000 shares. A whole lot of individuals have commented, some even sharing their very own horror tales about area heater accidents.
“I had a family one catch on hearth years in the past,” one Fb consumer stated. “Good factor I awakened.”
“I by no means knew this,” one other individual commented.
The Toledo Hearth Division in Ohio additionally issued a warning after battling a home hearth brought on by an area heater at three a.m. on November 28. The flames reportedly erupted after the heater set hearth to a close-by couch.
[H/T CBS DFW]