As we first reported in an article earlier in the week, colder weather is on it's way! According to the National Weather Service, we could see sub-zero temps for several evenings in the days to come.

"There's a 50 to 60% chance of below average temperatures for our state between this coming Sunday and Thursday."

With it already having been on the frigid side this past week, people are going through their fuel at a pretty rapid rate. Some are in a situation where they're out, and cannot afford to buy more at the moment. And those are the situations where people turn to alternative fuel sources to stay warm. But that comes with a risk.

Orono Fire Fighter, Dennis Bean, says he and his co-workers have seen some pretty dire conditions recently, as folks try to stay warm in this coldest part of winter.

"One of the worst things we see a lot is people using their kitchen stove. They turn on the oven and leave the door open! Sad situations. We just entered a house the other day with 4 kerosene heaters and 3 full cans of fuel sitting in the middle of the living room!!! And people were living in there."

Even something like a space heater should be used with some caution. The Maine Emergency Management Agency issued some safety tips for space heaters on their Facebook Page this week. 

"If you're trying to stay warm with a space heater, make sure it has an auto shut-off in case it tips over. Space heaters cause 1out of 3 of home heating fires and 4 out of 5 home heating fire deaths. Be sure to place space heaters on a solid, flat surface, keeping them, and their electrical cords, from things that can burn."

If you are in need of help heating your home this winter, you may want to reach out to the Maine Housing Authority. They have an energy assistance program that might be able to help. You can click here for more info.

Stay safe out there.

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