POSTED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 12:11pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 12:17pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Freezing temperatures are threatening us for the first time this fall, and many may be tempted to crank up the fireplace or a space heater. However, when the temperature drops there's an increased potential for dangerous situations.
"Every year, we have a number of instances that are caused by either flue leaks in fireplaces or space heaters or heating units," Eldon Ledoux, St. George Fire Department, told NBC33 News in a past interview.
Although this cold front isn't expected to last, it is a good reminder that cooler temperatures are right around the corner.
"Unfortunately a lot of people get complacent - they get the attitude it can never happen to me, but it does," Curt Monte, Baton Rouge Fire Department, said. "We see so many times where people use an extension chord for a space heater and run it through an area rug. That's a big no-no. We don't recommend that you do that we have seen fires cued from that."
But space heaters are not the only dangers. A fireplace is another potentially dangerous heating element for your home.
"You want to make sure those embers stay in the fireplace where they are supposed to be," Monte added.
This snap of cool weather may be a great time to snuggle up or enjoy some gumbo, but it should also let you know that it's time to get prepared for winter.
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