CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - By taking safety precautions, you can reduce the risk of having a house fire. Scott Highland, Cheyenne Fire and Rescue, says, "As we’re approaching winter, we’re coming up on the time change. Our recommendation is that you change your spoke detector battery when we spring forward and now as we fall back, so your batteries are swapped out twice a year."
People should be testing their spoke detectors regularly and installing carbon monoxide detectors. That way they will know if their detectors are malfunctioning and if carbon monoxide is getting into homes.
Also as the temperature drops, it's important to get heating systems checked by a professional.
If you are operating a wood burning stove, have a professional cleaner insure your stove and chimney are in proper working order.
If you use an electric space heater, keep it away from combustible items and don't let your pets in the room with it.