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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
With cooler temperatures arriving, people will start bringing out electric blankets to keep warm or they will light up their fireplaces.
As October is Fire Prevention Month, Bakersfield Fire Battalion Chief Anthony Galagaza emphasized the importance of checking smoke detectors in homes on Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
During the winter, Galagaza said, many families resort to drastic -- and unsafe -- measures to keep warm.
"People turn on their ovens and gas burners and crank them up and let them run for hours to keep their home warm," Galagaza said
Galagaza also recommends residents remove stacks of wood from the sides of their homes. Although it's convenient to have wood at arms-reach for the fireplace, if a fire were to happen, it would catch more quickly with wood on the side of the house, he said.
To share the theme of fire prevention, the fire department will hold an open house for parents and children to learn more about what to do in case of emergency. It will be from 10 a.m to 2 pm. Oct. 26.
There will be fire demonstrations, obstacle courses for kids, food and more at the BFD headquarters, 2101 H St.