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Lafayette Fire Dept. on cold weather safety tips

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

The Lafayette Fire Department is providing tips for those who may feel the need to increase the heat in their homes as a result of cooler temperatures in the area.

Firefighters say that as temperatures begin to drop, they anticipate residents using different heating appliances to heat their homes over the next few days. Officials report that heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Space heaters are responsible for at least one-third of heating fires nationally.

Below are safety tips to help keep Lafayette residents safe.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from space heaters, fireplaces, or open flames.
  • Plug portable space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not utilize extension cords.
  • Turn portable heaters off before leaving the home or go to bed.
  • Never use cooktops or ovens to heat your home.
  • Fireplace ashes should be cooled before disposing from the residence; preferably in a metal container.
  • Have a qualified technician inspect your fireplace or gas heating appliances.
  • Test your smoke alarm.
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