LINCOLN, R.I. - Blizzard conditions are often unpredictable, and the safest place to ride out a winter storm is at home. That's why Amica Insurance is reminding everyone to take the proper precautions when heating their homes.
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that, after cooking, heating is the most common source of home fires in the U.S. Amica is sharing the following tips from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety for safe heating during winter storms.
If using a generator:
- Maintain plenty of airflow space around the unit.
- Never use a generator indoors or near windows, vents or air intakes, as it could allow carbon monoxide to come inside.
- When using an emergency electric generator, get fresh air immediately if you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded.
If using a wood stove, fireplace or space heater:
- Never use lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to ignite the fire, as they could cause dangerous flare-ups.
- Do not leave any heat source unattended.
- Maintain a 36-inch clearance between stove and combustible materials, such as clothing or furniture.