BE WARM AND SAFE!
Curling up with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book in front of the fireplace, or space heater, is a wonderful feeling. When the temperatures start to dip, extra heating methods are a great way to get rid of that extra chill in the air, but it is important to note that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths in the US. Read below for some easy things you can do to be warm and safe this winter!
Space heaters are both convenient and portable. Make sure to keep anything flammable (blankets, curtains, clothing) at least 3 feet from the heater at all times. Having a heater that has an automatic shut-off is crucial in case it were to ever tip over. When using an electric space heater, it is important to note that it should always be plugged into a wall outlet instead of an extension cord or power strip so it does not overheat.
Fireplaces, both electric and wood burning, add a special ambiance during the winter months. Make sure that there is either a glass plate or a metal grate in front of the fireplace to avoid errant sparks and put your fire out before you go to bed or leave the house. When the time comes to empty out the ashes, make sure to place them in a metal container with a lid, outside and at least 3 feet away from your home!