As colder months approach, experts talk space heater safety

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Fall and winter may be a time for cooler weather but according to fire officials it’s also the time of year when they see the most house fires.

Fire Safety Instructor Jeremy Webb says it’s because that’s when people are beginning to use their space heaters and fire places to keep their homes warm and cozy.

With October being fire prevention month, he says residents need to take precaution this season by keeping flammable items at a far enough distance.

“Space heaters being too close to furniture or too close to bedding or people heating up the houses with ovens which is a no no, fire laces not being properly maintained, having emblems too close to fire places as far as ornaments,” said Webb.

Webb says you should also make a habit of turning your heater off before going to bed and have a safety escape plan in the event that there is a fire.