Smoke alarms and common sense could save you and your family from winter disaster.
Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 18, 2011 - Space heaters maintain warmth in millions of U.S. homes, while reducing utility costs. But misuse of these alternative heat sources could prove hazardous for your family.
According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, heating devices account for at least one in six home fires. Space heating poses a much higher risk of fire, death, injury, and loss per million users than central heating.
State Farm offers ways to reduce risks and use space heaters safely:
If a fire does start, a properly installed, functioning smoke alarm could alert you to a potential disaster.
Eddie Bain, program director at the Illinois Fire Institute, says, the earlier your alarm can detect the presence of smoke, the earlier it can do its job.
State Farm recommends a two-pronged approach to space heater and smoke alarm safety to avoid disaster during the cold months. To get the most out of your smoke alarms, here are some things to keep in mind:
For additional information about alternate heat resources visit State Farm’s Web site at statefarm.com/learning, the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) at http://www.disastersafety.org/ or the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) at http://www.nfpa.org.
Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov for any manufacturers’ recall notices on your stove, furnace or heating device.
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Angela Thorpe, State Farm Insurance at (303) 264-1560.
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