With temperatures dropping, people across the mountains will be stoking fireplaces and plugging in space heaters. The annual move to heat your home can be dangerous and even deadly.
There are a lot of people who get very busy this time of year. Winter means a lot more work for first-responders to chimney sweeps . Routine maintenance can save lives.
If you use a fireplace or wood-burning stove, have your chimney inspected and swept. Same goes for all furnaces. They should be checked and filters replaced.
If you use portable devices, like space-heaters, make sure wires aren't frayed. Also make sure they are placed no closer than 3 ft. from anything that might catch fire.
If you call for professional help, be patient. Companies across the mountains and the Upstate are busy now that the season is changing.