GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Grand Valley has seen some frigid temperatures the last few nights and the cold overnight lows have many looking for ways to keep warm.
The low Sunday night in Grand Junction was 18 degrees, the coldest so far this season. Some spots of the Grand Valley even hit single digits. Conditions like this, plus rising energy costs, have many people turning to alternative ways to heat their homes.
Besides cranking up the heat, many are using wood burning stoves, fireplaces and fuel burning and electric space heaters to keep warm. The most commonly used is the space heater and with the increase in use comes an increase in fire risk. "We have four seasons of the year and in the winter season about 50 percent of the significant fires occur, so that's a sign that you have to be really careful," says Mike Page of the Grand Junction Fire Department.
So if you are going to use a portable space heater here are a few tips from the fire department:
1) Inspect your heater and make sure it is working properly.
2) Plug it directly into the wall. Do not use an extension cord.
3) Make sure you have at least three feet of clearance from anything that can catch fire.
4) Never turn it on and leave it unattended.
For more heating safety tips click on the link below.