January 22, 2012 19:00 ET

Swinton Warns Homeowners About Using Electric Heaters

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2012) - As the UK is gripped by a cold snap, Swinton Insurance, the UK's leading contents insurance retailer, is warning homeowners to take care when using electric heaters.

With frost and low temperatures, it is hardly surprising that many homeowners will look for a quick and easy way to heat their home without costly energy bills.

According to Swinton home insurance, most heating-related fires happen during the months of December, January and February, with a large proportion of them being caused by portable heaters.

Swinton is offering the following safety tips to homeowners when employing the use of electric fan heaters in their home:

  • Do not leave electric heaters unattended, and switch off appliances before leaving a room, the house, or before going to bed.
  • Make sure heater cords are not tightly bound or covered, as this can sometimes cause damage and present a fire hazard.
  • Keep pets and young children at a safe distance from electric heaters, as they can cause burns.
  • Keep objects that are likely to burn, such as papers, blankets, clothes or other items at a safe distance from the heater.

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton, says: "When it gets colder outside, the temptation is to find quicker and more energy efficient ways to heat the home. Electric fan heaters do present certain risks, so we would recommend that homeowners employ these tips when using such appliances to heat their home. Making sure they have the correct house insurance can also provide peace of mind should the worst happen."

For more information contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunicatins.co.uk

About Swinton

  • With 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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