Hot Water Reader Safety Tips 
 
Water heaters are a typical appliance in households and larger homes may have more than one. While a water heater is a modern convenience, it can pose safety hazards to you and your family.
 
  • Make sure that the area around your water heater is clear and completely free of any flammable objects such as gasoline, wood, insulation, fabrics, toys, cloths, chemicals and other items. Water heaters can become very hot, creating a potential fire hazard. Also keep the area around the water heater well ventilated.
     
  • No matter if your hot water heater is natural gas or electric, there should be a temperature control thermostat located within easy reach. Set the temperature to a moderate degree to help prevent the heater from becoming overworked and potentially causing a fire hazard.
     
  • The Department of Energy recommends a temperature setting of 120 F. Learn more on the Department of Energy website.
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