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The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office wants to remind you how to properly heat your home this winter.

South Louisiana will experience below-freezing temperatures in just a few days and many will be warming their homes for a lengthy period of time.

In Lafayette, the fire department has already responded to a number of house fires this week and sadly two have resulted in a fatality.

Here are just a few things to remember as you attempt to stay warm in the days ahead.

  • Place space heaters 3-5 feet from combustible objects like blankets
  • Plug all heating appliances directly into wall outlets, not power strips or extension cords
  • Do not use stoves or ovens to heat homes
  • Don’t overfill fireplaces/wood-burning stoves
  • Never leave candles/open flames (or space heaters) left unattended
  • Have working smoke alarms in your home! Check the batteries!


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