Residents are being reminded by the Northwest Insurance Council that wood stoves, chimneys and space heaters can pose a fire risk.
Statistics from the NFPA show that 16 percent of fires in the home from 2009 to 2013 could be traced back to heating equipment. A total of 56,000 fires led to 1,490 injuries and the deaths of 470 people.
Heaters that burn fuel, like kerosene heaters, can create a toxic environment in the home and lead to death by asphyxiation in areas that are not properly ventilated.
The Council suggests that those who use heating devices that burn fuel let their insurance providers know, ensure that the heater has been installed correctly and be careful when using them.
Fuel-burning appliances need regular maintenance. The use of ovens as a heat source for the home is unsafe and it is recommended that heaters be placed at a safe distance from drapes, combustibles, and furniture.
If you would like to learn more about fuel-burning heaters and insurance, you can call the Council on 800-664-4942.