The Edmond Sun

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October 5, 2012

Fire safety accompanies cooler weather

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EDMOND — RED CROSS ADDS ADVICE

Each year, an increased number of structure fires accompany colder weather.

Just before 10 a.m. Friday skies above Edmond were overcast and the temperature was 52 degrees; the wind chill was 48 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday’s high was expected to be near 56, followed by a high near 55 on Saturday and a high near 59 on Sunday. Lows during the same period will be in the 30s, with a low near 41 Sunday night.

American Red Cross Central and Western Oklahoma Region CEO Janienne Bella said during the past year her organization’s regional office responded to 440 house fires and 35 multi-family fires (apartments, condos, etc.).

“But the good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of a home fire all year and during the chilly weather,” Bella said.

The Red Cross offers additional fire safety tips:

• All heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn (paper, matches, bedding, furniture, clothing, carpets, and rugs) at least 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.

• If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs, or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.

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