Winter weather brings fire hazards indoors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/30/09

Winter weather brings fire hazards indoors

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - And this colder weather means more fire hazards right in your own home. This is the time of year when more house fires occur, because people bring things into their homes that aren't usually there.

"All of a sudden we're bringing in space heaters, we're turning on our heating systems and getting those up and running, well all of those are potential ignition sources for a fire," says Garret Nelson with the Lubbock Fire Marshall's Office.

Space heaters need to have at least three feet of clearance all the way around. Also never leave them unattended with children around. Other fire hazards like Christmas light cords should also be checked before being plugged in. And make sure you have working smoke detectors in each bedroom.

"It's not going to prevent the fire maybe but it's going to prevent the tragedy that would occur from everybody in the family not getting out of the house, " adds Nelson.

The Fire Marshall's Office predicts more fires could happen outside because of the recent dry conditions.

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