How to keep your home safe this winter

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — When the temperature drops, residents turn on the heat.

The Macon-Bibb Fire Department says that could mean trouble if you’re not careful.

“We want to make sure those heating elements are used properly,” said Fire Safety Educator Jeremy Webb. “You want to give all those elements at least three feet clearance all the way around it for children, pets, things of that nature, anything combustible that could be flammable within the home.”

More tips for keeping your home safe from fire

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Plug space heaters into outlets directly, don’t use an extension cord
  • Check your smoke alarms once a month and change the batteries twice a year

Fires aren’t the only thing to keep in mind during winter. The cold weather could cause your pipes to freeze.

Tips to keep your pipes from freezing or bursting

  • Let your faucet drip
  • Open your sink cabinet doors

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State Farm Agency owner Tanisha Sutter recommends getting homeowners insurance, even if your mortgage company doesn’t require you to.

“You can avoid maybe even going in debt because you can’t take care of the expenses of fixing your house if something were to happen,” Sutter said.

She also recommends that you check your policy if you do have homeowner’s insurance to make sure it covers for drainage and sewer problems.

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Ariel comes to Macon from Greenville, South Carolina where she worked for Fox Carolina as a photojournalist for 4 years. She was part of the team that won a Southeast Emmy for their coverage of Hurricane Dorian. During her time in Greenville she realized her true passion is on-air reporting. She's excited to join the Middle Georgia community to be able to tell the stories of the people who live there. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2014 with a degree in Mass Communications. She’s originally from Boca Raton, Florida. She has 2 dogs (1 is back home) and a cat. When she's not at work she can be found training as an aerialist or exploring her new home. She also loves a good TV binge, her current favorite shows to watch are The Office, Gilmore Girls, and The West Wing. Feel free to reach out if you have a news tip or just want to say hello.