LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Winter is quickly approaching, which means now is a great time to winterize your home and make preparations to prevent the chance of a house fire.
Winterizing your home helps maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home.
West Lafayette's Ace Hardware Assistant Manager, John Herr, said an easy way to winterize is to put weather stripping around windows and doors. He said it helps keep the cold air out and the warm air inside your home.
"If you can keep the temperatures inside your home more stable, there will be less work on your furnace system. That will save (money) in the long run as far as maintenance costs," said Herr.
Lafayette Assistant Fire Chief Ron Richey, said it's important for a specialist to inspect your furnace this time of year.
"Not only will it help save you safety wise, but it will also prevent you paying costs later on in the year when you're in the dead of winter and your furnace is not working. It's 30 below zero and it's at midnight," said Richey.
Richey adds that fireplaces are another fire hazard during the winter months.
"The maintenance of a chimney is extremely important to make sure there's no cracks or buildup inside, which could cause a lot of house fires, " said Herr.
"You take a look inside of your liner and it's sometimes hard to see from just yourself. It's good to call a chimney sweep specialist. Have them come in, take a look and have them clean the inside of your liner. That way you can prevent a fire from occurring," said Richey.
Richey said people should keep pets and children at least three feet away from fireplaces and space heaters.
He mentions candles can be a hazard, especially in the bedroom. He suggests people switching to "flame-less candles."
"National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics show that over one half of candle related fire deaths occur between midnight and 6 a.m.. in the morning and they do occur with a lit candle in the bedroom, " said Richey.
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