How to stay safe and warm in cold weather

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - As temperatures drop this winter, you'll want to make sure you're safe while keeping warm.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters accounted for 43 percent of US household fires between 2011 and 2015....and 85 percent of fire-related deaths each year.

December, January, and February are also when most space heater-related fires take place. Firefighters say we should always keep a comfort zone of at least three or more feet around space heaters.

Pets and children should be kept away from space heaters as well, to prevent the heater from tipping over and causing a fire hazard on injury.