Safely Heating Your Home

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- As the temperature goes down, the number of calls for house fires increases.

With the cold weather over the weekend, fires have killed six people in Virginia.

More than 900 people die each year in winter house fires, according to FEMA .

The leading cause for all winter fires in homes is cooking.

Garland Nieswander recently escaped death when his home in Rockingham County caught fire and said he's thankful to be alive after his son was hurt while saving his father's life.

"I've been praying about all of this, and I know the Lord is the one who took care of me. He helped me out, and all I need is all the help I can get, like a place to live. They've got to condemn, because I've got to fix all that stuff before I can move back in," said Nieswander.

In order to prevent your home from going up in smoke, experts say it's important to keep flammable objects like blankets and curtains at least three feet away from heat sources like portable heaters and fire places.

With the cold weather on its way this week, it's never a good idea to heat your home using the oven and make sure to turn those space heaters off when you leave the room or go to bed. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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