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La Crosse Fire Dept. gives tips on space heater safety

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - House fires are more prevalent in the winter than any other season.  That's according to the National Fire Protection Association.

With week after week of below average temperatures, many people are turning to space heaters and other alternate heating sources.  Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of house fire deaths during the winter months.

Lieutenant Lance Tryggestad of the La Crosse Fire Department says to always be aware of your surroundings when turning on your space heater.

"Just making sure that the area around them is clear as well.  We look for a three foot space around them, so there's no curtains, no furniture, you don't set the newspaper down next to it if you're done reading the paper and you're sitting in your chair with it.  Just being aware of its location and even without an open flame, its still giving off quite a bit of heat," says Tryggestad.

He also says to never use your oven to heat your home and always remember to turn off all portable heating devices before leaving a room or going to bed.

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