CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Experts are asking families to take extra caution as the cold temperatures continue, to stay warm and safe when it comes to heating your home.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February.
"We've started off with more fires in 2016," Ryan Kunitzer, of City of Charleston Fire Dept. said.
Kunitzer said officials haven't seen heating-related fires this year but are advising locals to take extra caution as the temperatures d rop.
"When the temperatures lower, we want to be sure people stay safe. We want to make sure people using space heaters are using them safely, keeping three to five feet away from anything combustible. Not heating your house with your oven. When people start using other heat sources, that can cause fires."
The Red Cross has already assisted 71 people in the Lowcountry this year for home fires.
They assisted nearly 1,200 people in 2015.