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Oklahoma weather: Wintry storm safety tips

With wintry weather in the Thursday forecast for Oklahoma, be sure you are prepared by using these tips from the American Red Cross.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm •  Published: December 4, 2013

• Heed storm warnings.

• If you have to go outside, wear warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers, but stay indoors if possible. This will help prevent frostbite and hypothermia.

• As temperatures drop, the risk for house fires rises. All heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn at least three feet from heating equipment. Also, turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep.

• Never leave a fire unattended in the fireplace. 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.

• Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces and chimneys inspected annually by a professional. Clean them if necessary.

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

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