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Tips to Stay Safe -- and Warm -- this Winter

You should get your furnace checked by a professional at the start of every winter. If you're using a space heater, make sure it has a UL tag - that ensures basic safety regulations are met. Another tip? Double check what type of fuel your space heater needs, so you don't accidentally put gasoline when it should be kerosene.
Winter is the time of year when fires go up, mainly because of faulty heat sources.

So officials are offering some home heating safety tips.
   
You should get your furnace checked by a professional at the start of every winter.

If you're using a space heater, make sure it has a UL tag - that ensures  basic safety regulations are met.

Another tip? Double check what type of fuel your space heater needs, so you don't accidentally put gasoline when it should be kerosene.

Overall, officials say just be aware.

"People just need to be cautious of their surroundings and what they're doing. We've actually had fires in the past, an electrical fire where somebody had an electrical cord run underneath a rocking chair and so several times of rocking back and forth over that cord underneath the rug, it will fray the wires and catch fire," said Terre Haute Fire Chief Jeff Fisher.

Also, clean your chimney.

And if you have a fireplace, make sure the ashes aren't warm and you put them in a metal can when it's time to throw them away.
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