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Firefighters give indoor heating safety tips

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

CAIRO, GA (WALB) –As temperatures cool off, we start to use our heaters. That could be dangerous if you're not careful.

October is Fire Prevention Month.

Firefighters say furnaces, space heaters, fireplaces, and other heating equipment are the second leading cause of home fires.

They warn you to keep combustibles away from space heaters and regularly inspect and clean all heat sources.

"Our response does increase because of heating fires," says Chief Jim T. Fielding of the Cairo Fire Department. "A lot of people have fireplaces and they will not have their chimney swept and it builds up carbon and we have a lot of chimney fires."

Emergency officials say it's always a good idea to create and discuss a fire plan with your family.

They also encourage people to test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to ensure they're in working condition.

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