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Practicing fire safety at home

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- The recent storms the valley has been seeing normally allow for fire crews to be less busy through the winter months, but there are still some risks in your home that could cause a fire.

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires, deaths, and injuries, according to fire officials.

Early Monday morning, neighbors called in for a garage fire on Crest Drive in Central Point. Fire fighters contained the fire to the garage.

The cause is still under investigation but there is belief by fire personal that this fire was caused by a dryer.

Officials saying that smoke detectors are an important part of fire mitigation.

"A good rule of thumb has always been to test your smoke alarm monthly. It's another Oregon law that says any smoke alarm sold in Oregon has to have a test button. So you take your broom stick and test it and it'll go off a couple of times and then it goes back quiet and you knew everything's fine." says John Patterson, Fire Marshall with Fire District 3.

Patterson also saying that with residential areas Oregon law requires smoke alarms to be adjacent to the bedroom and in newer apartment complexes smoke detectors will even be places in the bedroom too.

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