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Protect your home: House fires happen more often when it's freezing cold

Posted at 8:20 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 11:20:12-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some of the coldest weather seen in the past three years is expected Tuesday and Wednesday in Las Vegas. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for Las Vegas beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 1 until 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

A hard freeze warning is issued when temperatures are expected to be at or below freezing temperatures for several hours. With that comes the possibility of property damage and personal injury. The Las Vegas Fire and Rescue reminds everyone that house fires happen more often during winter than any other season. LVFR shared some tips on how you can protect your home:

If you are using an electric space heater, make sure it is plugged directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords. Keep space heaters at least 36 inches from anything that can burn such as mattresses, bedding, curtains, sofas, clothing and furniture. When done using a space heater, unplug it to make sure it is off. Never leave space heaters unattended. Space heaters are now more efficient and have many safety features built in such as more insulation to prevent burns when touching the heater and tilt over switches which will shut off the heater if it accidentally falls over.

If you have portable generators, keep those outside away from windows as far away as possible from your house.

Have a professional clean and inspect chimneys and vents every year.

Install and check carbon monoxide detectors at least once every month.