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It's been almost a year since Superstorm Sandy dumped several feet of snow on Southern West Virginia.

And this year, we're seeing winter in October again. On Friday 59News hit the streets of Mercer County to get your reaction.

What do you think about all this snow?

"It's awful. Terrible," said Princeton resident Peggy Browning.

"I don't like it, I was in Myrtle Beach last week and the temperature was in the mid 80's," another resident of Mercer County, Danny Barie told us.

"We shouldn't see snow until December," Browning believes.

Whether you're excited "old man winter" is here early or not, here's everything you need to know to keep you and your family safe.

"Typically this time of year the fires we see are accidental fires that have something to do with heating sources. And most of the time they are due to carelessness," said Princeton Fire Captain K. A. Gunnoe.

When the temperatures drop and the heaters turn up, how can you prevent your home from catching fire?

"The easiest thing a homeowner can do is to take a quick glance around their furnace and whatever heating source they are using to make sure there's no combustibles around that. If they think there's a problem beyond their repair, they should call someone to take a look at that," Gunnoe said.

The captain told 59News another word of advice.

"This time of year would be a good time to contact the chimney sweep, those things should be done at least once a year, probably twice. It's going to depend on the type of wood that they burn," he said.

"Somebody checked it and I have a new filter," Browning said.

So you feel as if you're already prepared for winter?

"Yes ma'am," she told us.