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Safety Tips to Reduce Accidental House Fires

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With these cold temperatures we've been experiencing many people like to hibernate and stay warm.

But, fire officials say that during the winter months the occurrence of accidental fires tend to increase, because people spend more time inside their homes and they use more heating equipment. Officials say that it important to follow safety tips during the winter season.

"Primarily we encourage everyone to have working smoke detectors where they live..that would include every level of their home and every sleeping area. Make sure that the batteries are fresh and change them twice a year when you change your clocks," said Lt. Thomas Harding, Binghamton Fire Department.

Harding says that it is important to have your heating equipment inspected by a professional. He also advises to minimize the use of candles and extension cords.