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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Sumter County Fire officials are warning residents to monitor they're space heaters and other devices they're using as the weather gets cold tonight.

If your using a space heater, make sure you keep plenty of space around it, monitor it, and turn it off when you go to bed  at night.

So far,  officials say they've had three structure fires related to heating elements this year.

"They have to be safe. Look out for your home heating elements inside their residents such as kerosene heaters, wood stoves, electric heaters. Keep an open area around them. Monitor it and when you go to bed at night make sure its off," says Sumter County Fire Chief John Kitties.

Also if your using a wood stove make sure its secure and everything is installed properly.

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