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Stay Safe While Heating Homes to Avoid Fire Danger

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NBC RIGHT NOW- The temperatures have dropped and people are started to heat up their homes, but firefighters have a few tips for people to stay safe this Winter. 

Lieutenant Kevin Gados with Benton County Fire District 4 said people should change out those furnace filters, make sure they are clean, and clean air returns.  The dust could get into the system and could potentially catch on fire.  He also warns people not to use propane heaters and kerosene inside and to make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working.

"Be sure that they're swept before they're used for the season.  Another thing also is to make sure you're burning clean wood.  A lot of dirty wood with a lot of tar can build up that creosote inside the chimney and that's fire danger in itself," said Lt. Gados.

Thanksgiving is also coming up.  Firefighters want to remind people that if they use a deep fryer, to use it outside and to make sure that turkey is fully thawed before it is placed in putting it in the heated oil to avoid fire dangers.