How to stay safe while keeping warm this winter

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Perhaps you've reached for the space heater on this bitterly cold weekend?  Captain Robert Daus Jr. from the Maryland Heights Fire District reminds us that while temperatures tumble heading into the winter, there are several things we should keep in mind to stay safe and avoid fire hazards within our homes.

• Do not use an extension cord.
• Do not leave a heater unattended
• Turn the heater off before going to bed.
• Have working smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors.
• Have an extinguisher in the house.
• Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
• Make sure to service fuel heaters to assure clean burning.

• Never Use your oven to heat your home.
• Have your fireplace annually checked before using it.
• Use a spark screen in front of a fireplace and maintain a three foot clearance.
• Let embers cool and store away from the house in a metal container.