Cold weather tips for staying safe and warm

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Frigid weather isn’t typical for Florida, but it does visit now and then. Remember these tips to stay safe while keeping warm at home.

Heating your home

  • Never use your oven or stove to heat the house.
  • Never run a generator indoors.
  • Lower your thermostat to 68°F or the lowest comfortable setting and keep it there for the greatest efficiency.
  • Have a fireplace? Be sure to close the dampers when not in use – but not when the embers are hot! – and always use a screen around an open flame.
  • Use a space heater safely. Don’t leave it on all night and always keep it away from drapes, furniture and other flammable materials. And avoid using a space heater in the bathroom, and never touch the heater when you’re wet!

Staying warm

  • Before using an electric blanket be sure to inspect it for cracks or breaks in the wiring, plugs or connectors to avoid a fire hazard.
  • Keep doors and windows closed during cold weather, and close off rooms you aren’t using to keep home heat where you need it.
  • Open shades during the day when the sun is shining to take advantage of the sun’s warmth.
  • Keep water from dripping from your roof and freezing on your utility meter.
  • Remember your pets and plants get cold, too, so bring them inside especially overnight.

We're here for you no matter the weather and we don't anticipate any impacts to our natural gas system during this cold snap.