Fire officials encourage safety while using alternative heating sources

Local fire officials say they have seen a rise in fires in the last month and the recent colder temperatures may be to blame.

Recent power outages have also forced many people to use alternate heating units like generators and kerosene heaters.

Officials with the Hazard Fire Department say they typically see more fires in the winter but people should follow fire safety tips all year around, especially when it comes to heating and air conditioning units.

"Anytime there is a change in season, mechanical devices need to be inspected,” Hazard Fire Dept. Tim Caldwell said.

Caldwell also advises those who use alternate heating units to follow manufacturer's directions.

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