Beware Of Heating Dangers During Cold Weather

WREG.com

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(Memphis) Winter weather dangers are real now that temperatures continue to drop around the Mid-South.

That’s leaving all of us looking to stay warm.

If you turn on extra heating units, or use generator to keep power on, safety officials want you to be safe.

When it gets cold outside, rescue workers often see an increase in-house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

“We`ve noticed an increase in the use of space heaters,” said Lt. Wayne Cooke, public information officer for the Memphis Fire Department.

“Space heaters can be dangerous,” said Gale Jones Carson, corporate communications director for MLGW.

If you decide to turn on a space heater to stay extra warm, the Memphis Fire Department warns to keep them away from walls, away from combustibles like blankets and never leave them unattended.

That means shut them off when you go to sleep.

“Check them. Make sure the…

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