10/20/2013 4:40 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
BECKLEY - The change of season is making people use their heating systems like furriness's and chimneys to stay warm, but not properly maintaining those can cause fires.
This time of year is considered fall fire season and the National Fire Protection Administration wants to make sure everyone is being safe. They encourage everyone to clean their chimneys to ensure there aren't any build ups of debris. Leaves should be cleaned up to limit fuel for a fire. Also, make sure your smoke detectors are working and of course, have a fire extinguisher handy. The Beckley Fire Department is also stressing the importance of keeping up with your heating equipment that hasn't been in recent use.
"It is more of a problem in the winter time because of course you have heating units inside of homes that aren't normally being used and when there is a heat source available it is going to cause more fires so improperly maintaining heating systems, chimney fires, they do rise this time of year and they do make our fire response load go up as well," said firefighter Chris Lanna.
Now that it is fall fire season, you're not allowed to have fires outside, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.