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Increased Risk for Home Fires

The National Fire Protection Association says the leading months for U.S. home fires are December, January and February. The risk of having a home fire increases in the winter months because of added cooking, heating, holiday decorations and candles. It is a good idea to have your heating equipment serviced and have a professional clean and inspect your chimney and vets every year.

If you are using space heaters, remember to only plug one into an outlet and keep all flammable material at least 3 feet away.

Please check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month to make sure the batteries still work and they are operational. If you use a portable generator keep it away from your home outside as the exhaust can be deadly if it gets into your home.

Remember to check decorations that can be plugged in to see if the cords are frayed. If so replace the item before you plug it in.

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