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Fire chief offers advice for safely using heaters

Posted by wlpo on January 6, 2015

Keeping your house warm when it’s below zero can be difficult, but before you plug in a space heater for added heat, make sure you have one that’s safe.

La Salle Fire Chief Andy Bacidore says if you’re going to use a space heater, make sure it is UL approved and has safety mechanisms that work. You also need to be careful not to place it close to beds or furniture that could catch fire.

If you’re using a heating device that uses fossil fuel or wood, Bacidore says carbon monoxide poises another danger. He says you should have working smoke detectors and a CO detector because both smoke and CO will put you into a deeper sleep and most fatal fires and CO poisonings happen while people are sleeping.

Don’t use your kitchen stove or oven as a heat source. Bacidore says that’s not what it was designed for.

Learn more about space heater safety by listening to an interview that’s available at the Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO news page.

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Dry, breezy conditions keeping fire fighters busy Monday

Posted by wlpo on November 3, 2014

If you were following the story of the field fire near Arlington, firefighters were able to prevent it from reaching a couple of homes and outbuildings.  The fire was reported just after 11am Monday. Arlington Fire Chief Nick Drummer says they believe it started after someone stirred up a nearby debris pile that didn’t appear to be burning.

Drummer says they were concerned that the fire would burn through a row of brush and pine trees near a couple of homes and outbuildings. LaMoille and Cherry Fire Departments helped.

Grand Ridge also handled a field fire Monday afternoon.

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