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Space Heater Risks And Safety Tips From The Professionals

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Winter in Wisconsin is about as cold as it gets, and it can be difficult to find warmth on the chilliest of days. Many people turn to their beloved space heater to help keep their feet and hands warm when nothing else seems to do the trick.

However, space heaters are notoriously dangerous. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are caused by space heaters. Although there have been a lot of advances in the technology of these mini-appliances, there are still several risks you should be aware of before turning it on for the first time.

Risk #1: Plugging your space heater into an extension cord. Whenever possible, plug your heater directly into the wall outlet. Using an extension cord could lead to overheating, which leads to fire.

Risk #2: Look for a tip-over safety feature. Newer space heaters come with a sensor that kicks on when the space heater tips over. This sensor immediately shuts off the heater, preventing fires from starting. If your heater is older and doesn’t have this feature, it’s time to replace it with a newer model.

Risk #3: The three foot rule. There are some space heaters that can be mounted on a wall, but for the most part, it is advised that you keep the unit three feet from all furniture, window treatments, or anything else that is considered combustible. Be careful to never set anything on top of your space heater.

When used safely, space heaters can provide the warmth you need to make it through another frigid winter season. Make sure everyone in your family is aware of the risks and safety tips mentioned above. We love our customers, but we would rather not come out to your home to do a fire restoration because of a space heater emergency. Stay warm, friends!

Being A Good Neighbor

You can be a good neighbor only if you have good neighbors.” – Howard E. Koch

There’s something magical about being from a small town in Wisconsin. We truly believe that there isn’t another part of this country where the people are so kind. We care about the people we serve as much as our own family and friends… in fact, some of them are actual family and friends. There’s been a few times we’ve been on a cleaning or restoration job in one of our favorite restaurants or shops. It can be hard sometimes to remember we’re there to work!

Being a good neighbor means doing a great job every time, no matter how big or small the job. When you are part of a community, you know how much the integrity you have impacts your surroundings. A thorough cleaning job not only has an effect on a business owner or homeowner, it has an effect on everyone that comes in contact with it.

In addition to seeing the people we care about happy and uplifted, there are many more benefits to being a community-based business serving our neighbors. According to entrepreneur.com, “for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city while only $43 of each $100 spent at a chain.” The money our customers invest in us stays in the community longer, and when we spend it on other business owner’s services or products, the good benefits continue.

We want to thank you for continuing to support us and other local, small businesses. When you spend money locally, you’re voting with your dollars. Showing that you value small businesses owned by your neighbors helps improve the economy and makes your community even stronger. We want to be here for many years to come, and your business and your referrals make all the difference in reaching that goal. Thank you!