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TN fire marshal reminds of winter safety tips

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Tennessee Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak (Courtesy: Facebook.com) Tennessee Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak (Courtesy: Facebook.com)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -

State officials are reminding Tennessee residents to be careful when using alternate heat sources as colder weather becomes more common across the state.

Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak says the changing weather means more people will start heating their homes with fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters, which typically means a "higher number of accidental fire injuries and deaths."

For instance, in the case of space heaters, McPeak says they should never be placed within three feet of anything combustible, including furniture, bedding or aerosol cans.

She says homeowners should also check their smoke alarms at least monthly.

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