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Published September 09, 2010, 09:14 PM

Preventing House Fires in Winter

Devils Lake Fire Chief Jim Moe offers some tips on fire safety for the winter.

As people are turning on their heat for the first time, Devils Lake Fire Chief Jim Moe has some reminders.

With temperatures slowly dropping, some people are thinking about turning up the heat.

But is your house ready, or safe, enough to handle it?

Devils Lake Fire Chief Jim Moe says there are more house fires in the winter.

"We do when it becomes severely cold, probably the initial time of the fall, not so likely but as it gets into the extreme cold temperatures," says Moe.

Heat can cause all sorts of the fire hazards in your home.

Moe says, "when people start using auxiliary heaters and things of that nature that cause your electricity, your power to be overloaded."

Fires can also be caused by human error.

"We have some issues where people use portable heaters and they probably stack clothes too close," explained Moe.

Moe says it's the season to check your furnaces.

"Fall is upon us. Don't forget about having your furnaces checked out, change your filters, make sure that you have a technician, if you don't know what you're doing," says Moe.

But this should be done more than once a year.

Moe says, "you should do that at least every couple of months and make sure they're always clear."