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NOUS43 KLOT 162352

900 AM CST THU NOV 16 2017

...This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week...

Another winter is just around the corner. Make sure to follow these
tips from the state fire marshal and your local fire department to
make your winter fire-safe.

If you must use a space heater, place space heaters at least three
feet away from walls, furniture, and other combustible items. Be
sure wiring is sufficient for operating an electrical heater. Use
extension cords sparingly, especially around the holiday season.

Install and maintain your smoke detectors. A smoke detector that
does not have a battery will not work and it will not save your
life. A working smoke detector is your first line of defense in the
event of a fire. Replace the battery at least twice each year and be
sure to test it regularly. This is also a good time to change the
backup battery in your NOAA Weather Radio.

If you lose heat, never light a grill or wood burner in your home.
If you have a portable generator, make sure you follow all of the
safety precautions and are certain that it is properly ventilated
outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Install and maintain a
carbon monoxide detector and make sure it also has a fresh battery.

Make sure your furnace and fireplace are inspected and maintained
each year. Change or clean the furnace filters and schedule an
inspection by a qualified heating specialist. Have a professional
chimney sweep service check the chimney and clean the flue.

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