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Potential fire risks increase during winter months

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With cold temperatures settling in, the potential for fires increased.

 Breaking out the space heater or cranking up the thermostat could be potential fire risks without the proper maintenance.   During the winter months, there is also an increase in carbon monoxide calls.

 Rockford Fire Department Inspector, Chad Moe says smoke detectors can help detect a house fire before it's too late. 

 "Make sure your smoke detectors are working.  We go to a lot of houses where we find them on the counter tops or the batteries are out. Those are very important and those are the items in your house that will save your life and get you out before the fire gets really going."

 For those smokers heading indoors, Moe advises to make sure you throw away the ashes in a metal container with a lid.

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