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Staying warm is a priority on days like today, but it's important to stay safe while doing so.

The fire department reminds people to check that fire and carbon monoxide alarms have working batteries.

The fire chief says calls dealing with carbon monoxide increase this time of year, when the weather is colder, and people are using their heat more often.

"We want to make sure that people check their smoke alarms at least once a month. If you haven't it's also a good idea to check your furnace and other heating equipment such as water heaters. Have them inspected to make sure they're working properly because carbon monoxide build up does happen," says Josh Peshek, Fire Department. 

He recommends it's important to inspect your heating equipment before use. He also says to turn off space heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.

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