La Crosse firefighters warn against misusing space heaters during these cold temperatures

La Crosse firefighters warn against...

With these cold temperatures many people are looking for additional ways to heat their homes, but local fire fighters say you should be careful with some heaters.

Space heaters are an easy way to raise a room's temperature but they can also be a fire hazard.

La Crosse fire fighters say space heaters are not meant to heat your home or apartment long-term. You should also turn off any heaters if you're going to be away from it for long periods of time.

"It's a good idea to make sure you don't place the heater near combustibles, and also get one that if it gets tipped over that it shuts itself off,” said la Crosse Fire Department Captain Greg Temp.

Space heaters account for about a third of winter house fires and cause the most fire-based fatalities each winter.

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