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How to stay safe when the weather gets cold

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When the temperature goes down, we crank up the heat. News Channel 3 has some things to look out for as you are trying to stay warm. Colleen Griffiths of Wilmington said, "If it was my brother, he'd say it's like minus 500 degrees outside. He definitely is not used to this cold weather!!” It is not quite that cold, but you still need to bundle up, especially if you work outside. "Wrapping up in this warm coat, and of course I have the scarf and the gloves. Staying warm," said carriage tour guide, Michael Douglas. "Put a blanket around myself and hot chocolate or coffee or tea to warm myself up," said Griffiths. "If your sweater and hot cocoa doesn't warm you up chances are you will be putting the heat on, but before you do there's something you should know to keep your home and your family safe. Wilmington fire officials said when the temperatures decrease, the number of home fires increase. To keep your home safe, move your portable heater away from furniture and drapery. Also make sure your chimney and home heating units are inspected by a professional once a year. This will prevent a build up of flammable materials, and find any corroded wires. Griffiths added, "My neighbors home burned down because of electrical problems with the heater and it burnt to the ground right before Christmas." Greg Fix of the Wilmington Fire Department said, "You can't put a cost benefit on it. You can't put a cost on a human life." If you follow these guidelines, you should be ready to heat your home safely, and ride out the chill. “This is like January or February weather, but it will move through and we'll be sunny and 75 next week," said Douglas. The fire department also wants to remind people to test their smoke detectors, because with the holidays around the corner, decorations like holiday lights can be an additional fire hazard.

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