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Last updated on Monday, November 25, 2013
(UNDATED) - The State Fire Marshal reminds Hoosiers to use space heaters, fireplaces other alternative heating equipment responsibly.
To cope with power outages resulting from the storm, some Hoosiers have begun using alternative heating sources, such as wood stoves or space heaters, to warm their homes.
Even where power is available, more Hoosiers are using alternative heating sources as winter approaches. The Indiana State Fire Marshal is encouraging these individuals to use these sources safely.
"Every winter, firefighters across the state respond to thousands of home fires caused by heating equipment," said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. "These types of fires can almost always be prevented by homeowners and renters who use alternative heat sources carefully and responsibly."
Things to keep in mind when using heating equipment:
Woodstoves or fireplaces:
Knowing how to use your generator properly can protect you and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.
For more information about winter heating safety, visit www.getprepared.in.gov.
In case of a fire, it is not only crucial to have a working smoke alarm in your home, but it is also the law (IC 22-11-18-3.5). Working smoke alarms can double the chances of surviving a residence fire. By Indiana law, all dwellings must have at least one functioning smoke alarm installed outside each sleeping area, and on each level of the building.
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