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November 5, 2013

Cold weather safety tips from Red Cross

NORMAN — To reduce the risk of heating-related fires, the Red Cross recommends the following fire prevention tips:

· Keep all things that can burn three feet away from heating equipment.

· Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended, and use a glass or metal fire screen to keep fire and embers in the fireplace.

· Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.

· Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep.

· Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces and chimneys inspected annually by a professional and cleaned, if necessary.

· Place space heaters on a level, hard and nonflammable surfaces such as ceramic tile floor.

· Plug space heater power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.

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