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December 12, 2017

As temps drop, stay safe when heating your home


As temps drop, stay safe when heating your home

ROGERS – Ark. —We all know space heaters can be dangerous, but as temperatures begin…


We all know space heaters can be dangerous, but as temperatures begin to drop, it can be easy to forget.

Firefighters around our area are reminding people of the easy things you can do to stay safe as we head in to the colder months.

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Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins tells 40/29, people should not be passive when maintaining their chimneys and fireplaces. Jenkins says “it’s like maintaining your car, if you don’t keep up with it, eventually you’re going to have problems.”

He said they run in to a lot of issues when people use “alternative heat” sources, like space heaters, or things that are not intended to heat homes.

If you use a space heater, he says do not place combustible materials near it, and be sure to turn it off if you are not monitoring it.

Jenkins also said you should not use open ovens as a means to heat a home, because it both poses a fire hazard, and could be dangerous for those living in the home.

In any situation, he urges people to call 911 if you believe there is a fire related issue, and do not attempt to put out the fire on your own.

If you are in need of somewhere warm to stay as the temperatures drop, the Salvation Army in Bentonville and Fayetteville have cold weather shelters. You can find more information about them here.


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As temps drop, stay safe when heating your home


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