Firefighters Give Home Heating Safety Tips

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Updated: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:15:19 EST

With temperatures expected to fall sharply in Middle Georgia fire safety experts want people to refresh on their home heating safety tips.

"Remember fire safety starts at home," said Lt. Demeterius Ellison, a fire safety educator with the Macon-Bibb Fire Department.

Firefighters say Bibb County saw around a dozen heater related fires last winter that caused substantial property damage.

Whether your heating your home using gas, a space heater, or a fire, Ellison has tips for you.

"The winter months are coming up, understand that space heaters, they need space," Ellison said.

Ellison says space heaters need to be at least 3 feet away from curtains, walls, or furniture. They shouldn't be left unnattended and should be approved by a licensed manufacturer.

If you're heating with gas, Ellison says make sure to get your system inspected by a licensed HVAC expert, and always make sure filters are cleaned.

"We understand the human nature as far as making mistakes, so we just try to get everybody prepared for it," Ellison said.

If you're thinking about not following his advice, Ellison has a warning for you, especially if you think it's okay to leave your space heater unattended.

"That's not a good idea, that's really not a good idea, my experience in the field as far as seeing fire fatalities, it could be very devastating," Ellison said.

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