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Use caution when using heating equipment
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Sunday, December 30, 2012 6:17 PM

Half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.

Cold weather is here, and many Hoosiers turn to alternative heating methods to keep warm. The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Hoosiers are to take extra care when using alternative heating methods to stay warm in their homes.

Alternative heating methods include fireplaces, gas or electric space heaters, wood burning stoves, and other fuel-burning sources.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010, heating equipment was the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 57,000 reported fires caused 490 deaths, 1,530 injuries, and more than $1 billion in property damage.

For tips on being prepared for winter weather, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.