When temperatures drop and you fire up the furnace for winter, it seems there's always a corner of the house—or maybe an entire room—that never gets quite warm enough.
Rather than overheat the rest of the house, you might plug in a portable electric heater to cozy up the space. The versatile units can be effective, energy-efficient tools to help keep things comfortable until spring. But, they’re also a known fire risk.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, in a recent five-year period, portable heaters accounted for one-third of home heating fires, with half of all such fires occurring during the months of December, January and February.
If you plan to use a space heater this winter, here are seven common-sense tips to help you stay safe:
Remember, electrical fires can start inside your walls, too, not just in the immediate area. If you blow a fuse or trip a circuit breaker while using your space heater, it’s a good indication that it’s more than your system can handle. Try a different outlet or a different portable heater to better minimize your risk.
Whether we rent or own, we’re all at risk for a home fire, especially during the winter. You can help ensure your home and belongings are protected by having the renters insurance coverage or home insurance coverage you want. Work with an independent insurance agent to purchase the coverage that’s right for you so you can enjoy the winter, and every season beyond.
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