By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 29, 2019
LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Cold temperatures are taking the nation by storm. While the cold isn't hitting South Georgia as hard, the cool down is leading some to get warm any way they can.
In Lowndes County, warming up can be dangerous. When temperatures drop, officials say the number of house fires significantly increases.
"They are due to heating systems that have not been inspected that may be faulty," said Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Public Information Officer. "Also, citizens using alternative heating methods, like space heaters. Unfortunately, some people will try and use their oven to heat their homes."
Fire officials advise homeowners to make sure space heaters are a safe distance from any flammable materials.
There are several resources available in Lowndes County for community members struggling to heat their homes, like LAMP and the Salvation Army.