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Fire Dangers as some Try to Keep Warm

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Trying to keep cold in sub zero weather can lead to fires.

 

The U.S. Fire Administration says more than fifty  thousand residential fires are caused by heating,
 resulting in about one hundred fifty deaths.  January is the peak month. People who can't afford to heat their homes or homeless people often take desperate measures to survive.  Candles, kerosene heaters, space heaters and open stoves can be dangerous.

Fire officials say misuse of space heaters is a common cause of home fires. A Pittsburg 
firefighter offers these tips for using them.
"We want those plugs directly into an outlet, never to an  extension cord also,  we want a minimum of 3 foot clearance from around the unit itself of any combustible. Like I said,  furniture drapes, clothing anything like that," says Lt. Charles Bass with the Pittsburg fire department.
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