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Icy temperatures prompt safety reminders

Published On: Dec 04 2013 07:38:57 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

As the freeze gets closer and the snow tries to make its way here, the city of Redding is reminding you to make sure you're ready for this winter season.

Redding Fire Division Chief Michael Bachmeyer  said certain problems arise every year when people fail to take the right precautions.

Here are some things you need to remember:

Portable space heaters must have a clearance of 36 inches and should be equipped with an automatic shutoff and must be plugged into a direct outlet.

Pipes and water lines should be protected if exposed to cold weather.

In extreme cold, hoses should be disconnected and faucets and pipes should be covered.

You should also allow turn water to trickle to prevent freezing.

Sprinklers should be turned to the off or turned to rain setting until temperatures warm up to prevent water from freezing on sidewalks.

If pipes do freeze, do not thaw them out with a torch or open flames, use a hair dryer instead.

Redding fire also wants you to remember to never use barbeques or kerosene heaters inside the home.