Winter Safety Guide

Cold Weather Tips

Learn about Cold Weather and High Bills

Central Florida is known for mild winters, but when the temperatures do drop, remember these important tips to keep your family and your home safe:

  • Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from furniture, bedding, walls, clothing and other flammable items.

  • An electric blanket can help keep you warm on a cold night, but follow the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure you turn it off and unplug it when it's not in use. Never tuck an electrical blanket in.

  • Never use your stove or oven to heat your home. It can cause fires.

  • Cover any exposed water pipes and leave pool pumps running to prevent freezing.

  • Keep thermostats set at 68 degrees or lower to save energy.

  • At night, close blinds or drapes to help keep cold air out. During the day, open blinds/drapes to let the warm sunshine in.


  • Make sure your chimney flue is open before using.

  • Use a safety screen for protection from flames and embers.

  • Never leave a fire or smoldering embers unattended.


  • Place candles in sturdy containers or holders and keep them on solid surfaces where they cannot be knocked over.

  • Lit candles should not be left unattended.

  • Keep candles away from trees, draperies, and other flammable items.

  • Keep candles and matches well out of children’s reach.

Smoke Detectors

  • Check batteries regularly to make sure smoke detectors are working.

  • Replace batteries annually.