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 It is the season of fallen leaves and pumpkin spice. It is also the time that residents start their furnace for   the first time and there are a few things you should know to keep yourself safe and warm. 

 "When we're taking a look at preparing for the winter months," explained Estevan Fire Chief, Dale Feser,   "of course, we're going to need our heating appliances."

 "This is the perfect opportunity to contract some contractors out there to get your furnaces cleaned, get   your hot water heaters inspected, your boilers, if you have a boiler system, to get those inspected."

 "And of course, when we're running these appliances, there's always the ever present danger of carbon   monoxide. So this is a perfect opportunity for everyone to check their carbon monoxide alarms. Make   sure the batteries are changed. Check the date that they were put into service, the manufacturer date   because much like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms typically have a shelf life of ten years of age   and that's when you will want to replace that you make sure that these devices work correctly."

 "A lot of people like to use secondary heating appliances, so that would be your small electrical plug in  heaters."

 "What you want to do should you find yourself using these types of appliances, first of all, make sure,   number one, that the appliances you purchase are CSA approved. Which means that they are approved   for use in Canada."

 "Number two, make sure they have an anti-tip over sensor switch so should they fall over, the unit shuts   off immediately."

 "And number three, most importantly, make sure there's no combustible items around the appliance itself that's going to start a fire."

READ MORE: Time to Prepare for Winter

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