Fire safety tips among cooler temps

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Some people haven’t turned on their heat, yet. Some are using alternate heat sources like stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters.

But before you reach for one of those, the Lexington fire department wants you to think safety first.

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The Lexington fire department says during the months of November through February, it gets the most calls, and those just happen to be the coldest months of the year.

“Already this year with the weather getting colder we have had one incident of somebody improperly disposing of ashes from a stove and caught their house on fire.”

But one of the more common dangers is improperly using space heaters. They seem simple and harmless but according to the National Fire Protection Association, these heaters are responsible for 79% of deaths in fires involving heating equipment inside homes.

You can cut down on the chances of a fire by just following these simple steps.

“It’s important to keep about a 3-foot area around those alternative heating sources, clear of kids and pets and anything flammable like paper. It needs to be on a level surface and secure so its not unstable. Never leave one unattended, if you are going to leave the room or leave the home, make sure that you turn it off.”

The fire department also recommends you never plug it in to an extension cord, plug it in straight to the wall.

“If you have children or pets, the fire department recommends getting a space heater that has a safety feature, when it tips over, it automatically shuts off.”

“Nobody wants to think about it and everybody hopes that it doesn’t happen but there are some things that you can do to make sure that its less likely to happen to you. It just take a moment of inattention or not paying attention to safety and the consequences can be dire.”

One last tip, Battalion Chief Best wants you to make sure all the smoke detectors and fire alarms in your home work.