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Fire officials: Protect your home from preventable fires

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On the morning before Thanksgiving, a house is destroyed by fire in south Caddo Parish. On the morning before Thanksgiving, a house is destroyed by fire in south Caddo Parish.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport fire fighters responded to more than six house fires last week.

Now, Shreveport fire officials are asking residents to take action to help prevent house fires this winter.

"It's human nature to survive, and an individual is going to do whatever they can to stay warm, says Shreveport Assistant. Fire Chief Fred Sanders.

According to the National Fire Protection Association home fires are more prevalent in the winter than any other season. Common causes of house fires in the winter start are heating equipment, candles, electrical outlets, and cooking.

"Mainly it's common sense, if you are cooking and you have to leave the kitchen turn it off," says Sanders.

Firefighters suggest these fire prevention tips:  
Never leave the kitchen if you are cooking on the stove
Never use an oven to heat your home
Try to use nonflammable holiday decorations
Have an escape plan

The Shreveport Fire Department will come to your house and conduct a free inspection for any fire hazards. You can call the prevention department at 673-6740.

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