Tonight low for our area will be right around  26 degrees, and with the low temperature, most of us will be trying to stay warm.

While we are all working to bundle up, many of us will be using space heaters to warm up our homes.

Lafayette Fire Department Spokesman Alton Trahan has some tips about safety to think about when the weather turns so chilly.

Trahan's tips are as follows:

  • If you are planning to use a space heater, make sure it is at least three feet away from anything flammable.
  • If you are using a space heather, make sure you have read, fully understand and implement all of the products instructions.
  • Do not use your oven or store to heat your home.
  • Make sure your home has a smoke detector, at minimum you should have one for each room of your home where you will be sleeping.
  • Have an escape plan in case of a fire, and make sure that everyone in your home knows and understands the plan.
  • If you use gas fired heating sources make sure that you have at least one working carbon monoxide detector.

Another thing that might be a good idea is to check on your family and friends, especially anyone who might need help checking their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.