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Fire Prevention Steps Important in Cold Weather
When the temperatures start to fall, the number of 911 calls regarding fires go up, officials with the Oklahoma City fire department said. Despite the experiencing the first cold weather of the season, the fire department said this weekend was a quit one, but now is still the the time to think about safety and fire prevention.
"They're just dangerous items," Battalion Chief Tommy Iago said about space heaters. "We realize that they've sat in a closet or out in a garage somewhere throughout the summer and they've collected lint and dust. We just recommend that people clean them out with a vacuum cleaner before they use them."
Iago said people should also inspect fire places for cracks.
October 7 through 13 is National Fire Prevention Week. The American Red Cross is working to spread awareness.
"Its a time to just kind of be smart about when it comes to house fires. The number one thing that the Red Cross responds to is house fires and this is a time to let people know how to stay safe," Ken Garcia, the spokesperson for the Central and Western Oklahoma Chapter of the Red Cross said.
The Red Cross offers the following tips:
· Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms.
· Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
· Ensure that household members know two ways to escape from every room and designate a place to meet outside of your house in case of a fire. Practice your plan at least twice a year.
· Follow your escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
Posted: Sunday, October 7 2012, 09:22 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
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