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Lauderdale County Fire Department shares safety tips on using heating devices during cold weather

The Lauderdale County Fire Department is bringing awareness about potential fires that could spark in homes as a result of cold weather.

“With winter coming in we always encourage our citizens to make sure that they are getting a qualified technician to check out their heaters that are in their homes. If they are going to use a space heater, make sure that they can have at least three feet around the space heater itself,” said Allan Dover, Lauderdale County Fire coordinator.

Dover says it is common for more house fires to start as it gets colder.

“We do see an increase in the first part of winter. It’s because people have gotten out of the habit of following certain safety guidelines. We also see an increase in chimney guidelines because people do not properly maintain those,” said Allan Dover, Lauderdale County Fire coordinator.

Dover says depending on what type materials in homes are engulfed will make the fire spread faster.

“We’re seeing a single room fire after five to seven minutes. We’re now seeing that time decrease to 45 seconds to one minute. Once that room becomes fully involved it spreads to other parts of the house,” said Allan Dover, Lauderdale County Fire coordinator.

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