It is natural to crave a little extra heat on cold winter days, and space heaters are a great way to cozy up a drafty room. While they may seem like an inexpensive solution to your heating problems, it is important to be aware that they cause more winter fires than anything else. With this danger it is important to take precautions to ensure that your home stays safe this winter.
Consider Other Safer Methods Of Heating Your Home – If you can, it is better to heat your home in a safer way. If your HVAC system seems to not be doing the trick, it may be time to have it cleaned. You can also consider better insulation to keep the heat inside in the winter. These are safer methods of heating your home, and they will benefit the energy efficiency of your house as well.
Use Space Heaters Sparingly – If you feel that a space heater is necessary, use it sparingly. Do not leave your space heater unattended at any time. Turn it off when you are away from the room. It is best, if you use a space heater, to purchase one with safety features that help prevent fire hazards, but even with these you should remain vigilant. If you smell smoke, it is time to turn off the space heater and once it is cooled down, to properly dispose of it.
Avoid Putting Space Heaters In Dangerous Places – It should be common sense, but sometimes we can lose sight of safety when we are looking for a spot to plug in the space heater. Keep you space heater away from an area where an animal may knock it over or move it to an unsafe position. Don’t put a space heater near fabrics or curtains as they could become a major fire hazard. Keep space heaters away from water since moisture could short the heater and cause a fire.
By taking the proper precautions you can live safer with a space heater. Consider safer heating options as no space heater is completely safe. At ABCO Insurance Agency we want you to enjoy your home safely for many years to come. Contact us today if you are in need of a competitive homeowners insurance quote.