Think twice before you put that space heater there

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - With colder weather approaching, people find additional ways to keep warm. The most popular of those are space heaters. Although, they may keep you warm, they can also be very dangerous.  In fact, statistics show you are three times as likely to die in a house fire in Arkansas than the national average.

"Things like stuffed animals I mean it's harmless enough but your child is playing with a stuffed animal they get tired of it they throw it on the floor it ends up right in front of the space heater," said Captain Shawn Nance.

In case of a fire, Nance says there's one thing every home should have.

"Working smoke detectors I think that would probably save more lives nation-wide than anything else."

Nance says that just because they are in your home does not mean the check list ends there.

"Be sure to have working smoke detectors in your home and they are properly installed and the batteries are good," said Nance.

If you are in need of a reliable smoke detector or someone to properly install it. The Fire Department can help.

"If you cannot afford one or you cannot physically get up and put one up yourself if you contact the fire department we will send someone out we will install it free of charge , you know check the batteries make sure everything's in working order," said Nance.

Nance says a good way to remind yourself to check your smoke detectors is to have a designated time to change the batteries

"The time change coming up here in a week or so that's a good you know when you set your clocks forward and back change the batteries whether they need it or not," said Nance.

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