For Immediate Release
NEWARK, Del. - With home heating season underway
and more cold weather in the forecast, Delmarva Power would like to remind
customers to heat their homes safely.
Whether customers are using electric heat, natural gas, fireplaces,
furnaces, space heaters or other heating devices, safe usage and proper
function is critical. It is important to make sure proper maintenance is
performed prior to using any heat source.
Natural gas systems, chimneys that vent fireplaces and
furnaces should be properly cleaned to reduce the risk of fire and carbon
monoxide buildup. Space heaters are a convenient way to warm a small area but
improper space heater usage can lead to fires and possible injuries. If a generator
is being utilized, always follow the manufacturer's operating instructions and
never operate a generator indoors. The potential for carbon monoxide poisoning
is always an elevated possibility if home heating equipment isn't properly
tested, serviced and maintained. Please keep children and animals away from all
heating units and devices.
If a natural gas leak is suspected, call the Delmarva
Power natural gas emergency hotline, 302-454-0317. For more information about
staying safe around electric and natural gas heat please visit
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