This past week it's been cool in the daytime, while feeling cold in the nighttime, and government reports say the costs of heating homes are expected to continue their upward rise this winter. All that means some people may be looking for less-costly ways to stay warm.
This has been one of this week's warmer days, but October has started out being rather cold, and this is the time of the year fires begin, started when people try to keep warm and save money at the same time.
"Furnaces should be serviced by professionals, and change your filters. It not only improves the economy of it, it also prevents the risk of fire occurring as often.”
But people also look to other ways, such as space heaters and kerosene heaters. Those need to be placed at least three feet from items that can catch fire, as well as away from pets, and turning on the oven or stove might also cause problems.
"A lot of people use their stove or oven to take the chill off in the morning," Beckett says. "That is not a good idea because it is not vented properly for the use of heat."
Also, when refueling items like kerosene heaters, take them outside.
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Source: www.eren.doe.gov contributed to this report.