With the arrival of winter weather, NorthWestern Energy wants to remind residents of the importance of the safe use of portable heating devices.
In recent days, there have been a several incidents of fires sparked by the improper use of plug-in electric heaters in both residential and commercial settings in NorthWestern's service territory. In almost all cases, customers overloaded circuits and increased the risk of electrical fire danger.
While portable heaters can safely provide additional heat, improper use can result in fires, electric shock or carbon monoxide poisoning. NorthWestern Energy offers these important tips on heater use: