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Fire officials give heating safety tips

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state fire marshal's office is reminding Tennesseans to be careful when using different methods to heat their homes.

Officials say heating equipment is a major cause of home fires. According to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System, last year heating equipment was involved in 654 structure fires, which caused 12 deaths, 14 injuries and more than $9 million in property damage.

Some safety tips include:

Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.

Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

Use fuel specified by the manufacturer for fuel-burning space heaters.

For more safety tips, visit: http://www.tn.gov/fire .

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