POSTED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 4:12am
UPDATED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 4:16am
East Texas has been experiencing a roller-coaster ride recently regarding the changing weather.
Red Cross officials are urging all residents to take precaution this season in preventing household fires. Here are some tips they say will keep you family warm and out of danger.
1. All heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn such as paper, matches, bedding, furniture and clothing, at least three feet away from heating equipment.
2. Turn off space heaters when you go to bed or leave the room.
3. Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
4. Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
4. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
The Red Cross says that every house needs a working smoke alarm on every level of the residence and inside all bedrooms. They also recommend a fire escape plan for every family member to know.
Last year the Smith County Chapter responded to 146 home fires, providing food, shelter and emotional support to the families affected.