Experts Advise Having Heat Sources Checked

It's important to make sure whatever you use for heat is working properly. Many of us haven't used heat since April, so before the heat comes on for the first time, there are some things you need to do.

"First thing that I would recommend is to have a qualified technician come out and check air handlers, anything that would generate heat," said Keith Reed, Lauderdale County recruitment coordinator. "Also, check the batteries in the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors."

For those with wood burning fire places, the to-do list includes your chimney.

"If they have a wood burning fireplace, just want to remind them not to burn pine wood in their fireplace, and also have somebody come out and do a chimney sweep on it before they start a fire," Reed said.

Pine wood is not recommended because of the high temperature it reaches, and the amount of ash produced. If you will be using a space heater, remember to leave plenty of space around it.

"Any kind of portable space heaters, you need to have at least three foot away from any other kind of combustible object, whether it's curtains, bedding material, anything that could catch fire, you need to have at least three foot away from it," said Reed.

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