Colder weather poses risks for more heater related fires - FOX34 Lubbock

Colder weather poses risks for more heater related fires

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

As temperatures drop, Lubbock Fire Rescue reminds homeowners to be aware of the safety hazards space heaters and fire places can cause. 

Space heaters can pose a threat this time of year, especially if close to combustible like curtains or bed skirts that can be blown around. 

Lubbock Fire Rescue Division Chief Steve Holland says most new space heaters have safety switches that will automatically shut off if knocked over. He suggests considering upgrading space heaters if it's an older model. He adds residents should always consider safety tips when leaving heat lamps out for pets. 

Holland says while sparking a fire is definitely a hazard, it's important to also be aware of carbon monoxide dangers. 

"Somebody will be using some sort of fuel fired space heater or they'll be using a generator because their electricity's out, or whatever, and a lot of times those people will actually put those in the house, especially the generators. And you have all that carbon monoxide where they succumb to," he said. 

Additionally when building a fire, Holland says don't build too big a fire and don't forget to check and make sure the vent is open. 

 

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