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Tips for Keeping Households Both Safe and Warm this Season

December 10, 2007

Denver, CO – Taking some extra precautions around the house this season could prevent a holiday tragedy. Peggy Hofstra with Energy Outreach Colorado says this time of year people are taking extra measures to heat their homes, but they should be taking extra precautions, too.

"Your furnace or your heating system should be checked regularly. Change the filters regularly and make sure that you're not storing any flammable liquids in the same room."

Hostra also discourages the use of electric space heaters and says to be especially cautious when using candles around the house.

"Make sure that the candle holder you have is sturdy. It can actually collect the dripping wax, and it's so easy for it to accidentally catch ablaze. And if you don't happen to be in the room, the next thing you know, you've got an emergency on your hands."

She offers additional advice on using extension cords.

"If you're bringing out extension cords for outdoor lights, make sure that the cords are certified by an independent testing laboratory and aren't frayed or cracked or cut somehow."

Hofstra also believes it's a good idea to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Anyone needing help paying their home heating bills this winter can find out about energy assistance by calling toll-free, 1-866-HEAT-HELP.

Eric Mack/John Robinson, Public News Service - CO