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Nashville Fire Department Prepares for Dangerous Winter Season - Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn -- The Nashville Fire Department calls January, February and March as the most dangerous season for house fires.

Many winter fires come as a result of faulty or misused fireplaces and electrical heaters, says Kim Lawson, deputy fire chief.

During freezing nights, a lot of middle Tennessee families use fireplaces and space heaters to stay warm but fire officials say they can be very dangerous if not used properly.

Lawson recommends investing in space heaters with automatic shut-off functions, in case they fall over.

She also recommends getting your fireplace checked every year before you use it.

While house fires aren't always inevitable, Lawson says two simple things can make the difference between life and death.

"Adding a smoke alarm and adding a carbon monoxide detector will greatly improve your chances of surviving a fire if you have one at your house," Lawson said.

Lawson also says you should keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that burns, do not use them with extension cords and turn them off before going to sleep.

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