WPS shares tips to stay safe and warm during cold weather
Wisconsin Public Services (WPS) offers the following tips to keep homes and families safe and warm this winter and during frigid temperatures.
• Space heater safety: Only use newer models with safety features like automatic shut-off. Keep it at least six feet away from flammable materials like drapes or blankets. Plug heaters directly into the wall, not into extension cords or power strips. Place the heater on a flat surface away from children and pets.
• Safe sleeping: Turn off electric blankets when they are not being used. Keep pets away from electric blankets, as their teeth and claws can puncture wire insulation and cause damage.
• Prevent carbon monoxide dangers: Make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and learn the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Oven safety: Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. Not only is it inefficient, but it could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Let the sun in: Open curtains or blinds when the sun is out to help warm your home. Close them at night to help retain heat and cut down on drafts.
• Be prepared: Assemble an emergency kit with blankets, flashlights, and battery-powered chargers for your cellphones to use in case of power outage.
• Keep your meters clear: Safely brush away snow and ice from your home’s natural gas meter and vents. The extra weight can stress or crack meter piping, causing a natural gas leak. It also can clog appliance vents, trapping carbon monoxide indoors.
• Energy assistance: Wisconsin Public Service offers numerous resources for customers — including budget billing, payment plans, and heating assistance.