Ways to Prevent a Fire in Your Home

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- Freezing temperatures and dry conditions can be dangerous for those who have to work outside. Firefighters said they have to take extra precautions to protect their gear and protect themselves.

When crews respond to a fire in this weather, they will wear extra layers under their bunker coat.

Firefighters said the first way they can stay safe is to let others know how to use heating equipment in their homes. That includes everything from space heaters to traditional fires.

"We know where it will be bouting the temperatures, decreasing the chance of a fire is the best way to keep us in and from dealing with them," said Fire and Rescue Chief Jeremy Holloway.

The lieutenant recommended people keep blankets, gloves and other items away from space heaters and also to monitor carbon monoxide levels in their homes. Rockingham County Fire and Rescue officials said that it's best to keep water running through the pumps because if they stop, the water could freeze.

The National Fire Protection Association has some tips to keep you safe in your home. One of them is to make sure that you get your heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year.

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