“The weather outside if frightful, but the fire is so delightful”…well not all of us have a fire place, but a space heater will make due. Supplemental heating, such as space heaters, is the leading cause of house fires from December through February. They are the second leading cause of home fires year-round.
How Can You Keep Your Home Warm And Safe?
To help avoid a home fire, and a homeowners insurance claim, keep these safety tips in mind this winter:
- Do not use space heaters to warm bedding, cook food, thaw pipes or dry clothing. These tasks can present major fire and burn risks.
- Only use space heaters with the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety mark. The UL signifies that the produce was tested for potential safety hazards. Also, purchase units that have automatic shut-off features and heading element guards.
- Purchase units with automatic shut-off features and heating element guards.
- Keep sources of fire at least 3 feed away from heater, including drapery, clothing or bedding.
- Turn off space heater when leaving the room to prevent burn injuries.
- Periodically check for frayed insulation, broken wires and overheating. Have your space heater serviced immediately if you notice any of these problems.
- Use only fuel recommended by the manufactures for liquid-fueled space heaters.
- Avoid using extension cords with space heaters. If you must do so, make sure that the cord is the right gauge size and type for the heater.
- Avoid placing space heaters in high-traffic areas of your home. Units with long cords can present a tripping hazard.
Following the above safety precautions can help you have a warm, safe winter. After all, you families comfort and safety are surely a top priority.
At Rinehart Insurance we do more than help you prevent claims. Call us today to discuss all of your insurance needs.