Putting a freeze on winter fires

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SIDNEY, Neb. As the temperatures get cooler, the chances of household fires increases.

Keep flammable items three feet away from heat sources, only plug one thing into your electrical outlet and store ashes in a tightly covered metal container. (FEMA)

FEMA is providing tips to prevent these fires.

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

One in every seven home fires and one in every five home fire deaths involves heating equipment.

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat sources like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.

Keep portable generators outside, away from windows and as far away from your home as possible.

Install and test carbon monoxide at least once a month.

Plug only one heat producing appliance into an electrical outlet at a time.

Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.

Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep it outside at least ten feet from your home and any nearby buildings.