JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --Florida Power & Lightannounced that they are prepared for the cold weather and increased electricity demands.

"We have been tracking the approaching cold front for several days and are prepared for what we anticipate will be increased electricity demand later this evening and throughout the next few days," said Manny Miranda, FPL's vice president of Power Delivery. "As part of our preparations, we have adjusted work schedules to ensure we have additional employees and contractors available should they be needed to respond to any power-related issues due to the cold weather."

FPL has issued safety tips for residents and businesses:

  • Avoid using extension cords.

  • Keep children and pets away from the heater.

  • Use space heaters for only limited amounts of time and not as a primary heat source.

  • Direct the heater to warm people, not space.

  • Keep flammable materials such as bedding, clothing, draperies, rugs and furniture at least 3 feet away from the heater.

  • Keep space heaters away from water to avoid electric shock.

  • Turn off and unplug the heater when leaving the room for an extended period of time.

In addition, FPL says that customers should use their energy wisely to keep the electric bill as low as possible. FPL suggests customers to heat their homes at 68 degrees or cooler with the thermostat fan switch on "auto" and to lower the thermostat to 65 degrees or cooler at bedtime or when away from home.

Customers can visit additional safety tips. Should customers experience a power interruption, the easiest way to report it to the company is on a mobile device at The progress of their restoration can also be tracked at using FPL's Power Tracker map. As a safety reminder, if customers see a downed power line they should call 9-1-1 or FPL at 1-800-4 OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243).