LINCOLN, RI (PRWEB) January 29, 2013
Home fires occur most often in January, February and March, as people try to keep warm with additional sources of heat. Space heaters are a popular – but sometimes dangerous – option to provide that warmth, and Amica Insurance is offering some tips to help use them safely.
“With frigid temperatures across many parts of the country this winter, space heaters are an attractive option to keep homes warm,” said Mike Gillerlane, a senior assistant vice president with Amica Insurance. “They can be a major safety hazard, though, so be sure to take the proper precautions when using them.”
A release from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IIBHS) says that home fires have resulted in 149 deaths in January, 24 more than at this same time in 2012, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Additionally, home fires lead to an average of 18,300 injuries per year and cause billions of dollars in damage.
That’s why Amica Insurance is sharing these tips from the IIBHS website to encourage the proper use of space heaters:
“Stay warm this winter, but do it safely by following these tips on space heaters,” Gillerlane said.
About Amica Insurance
Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.
CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way, Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563
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