Here’s how to stay safe while heating your home

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As the cold weather prompts people to turn on their heaters and use their fireplaces, there are important things you need to know to keep your family safe.

Nashville Fire Captain Robert Neese told News 2 it’s a good idea to clean your fireplace before lighting it.

He also said fire pits are typically OK, but not during a drought.

“Right now, it’s a little stricter than normal because of the drought. It’s been several days, weeks with no significant rain and they want us to encourage people right now not to do the burn pits because a little spark right now can cause a forest fire [or] brush fire,” explained Capt. Neese.

According to the captain, you should also use this time to check your smoke detectors.

News 2 also stopped by the Hearth and Grill Shop, where we received even more safety information.

The business, which specializes in grills, fireplaces and fire pits, said gas logs were a top seller for them on Saturday.

They advised using a grill pad under a fire pit for protection, never leaving it unattended, and always keeping water close by when using it.