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As temperatures drop, fire safety concern goes up

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Space heaters and fire wood are two items the owner of the Ace Hardware on Woodruff Road, thinks customers will be clearing off the shelves as the chill in the air continues.  "Faucet protectors are the first thing, door insulation, weather stripping, we also sell more gloves," said Chris O'brien. 

O'brien is the owner of the Ace Hardware and he said this is the time of year he keeps stock in many winter related items. "Firewood, kerosene heaters, if we think there's a potential for a power outage, we'll keep more of that stuff on hand," said O'brien.

He said he even had a family come in this weekend buying sleds as they anticipate some winter weather.  "Last year we had a lot of cold weather, the year before we had a ton of cold weather, so there's an excitement in the air, almost like Christmas in January, when you get that kind of energy and buzz about the weather."

But with that excitement, also comes concern.  As the digits on your thermostat go down, fire officials push for home safety goes up. 
"Around the county there have been, several fires caused by axillary heating systems, people just aren't aware, of the dangers that these present," said Trent Cason the Deputy Fire Marshal for the Boiling Springs Fire District.

On Monday night a fire a broke out at a home in Greer, the fire marshall there said they believe it was caused by a generator.

Cason said another source of fires this time of year are space and kerosene heaters."Close to curtains and flammable objects and stuff like that. And people using the wrong fuel in kerosene heaters, we highly recommend people that if you do use a kerosene heater get a different color container to store the fuel in."

He said you should keep the heaters at least 36 inches away from anything flammable, especially furniture, curtains and clothing. 

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