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Mid-South gets ready for the cold weather season

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If you have a chimney, get it inspected and cleaned. If you have a chimney, get it inspected and cleaned.
A busted pipe could cause damage to the foundation of your home. A busted pipe could cause damage to the foundation of your home.
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(WMC-TV) – It is Winter Weather Awareness Week in parts of the Mid-South and now is the time to make sure you are ready for the cold, so you won't pay for it later.

Let's start with your home. If you have a chimney, get it inspected and cleaned. You want it to work properly and prevent possible fires or gas poisonings.

Clear your gutters to keep backed up rain water from freezing and check on those pipes. A busted pipe could cause damage to the foundation of your home. Spending a few dollars to prevent a disaster could go a long way.

Harold Hoots with Barton's Do-It-Center says, "Check your windows and doors to see if you have air coming in, because if you can stop that now you can save yourself a bundle on your heat and air."

Don't forget about your pets and plants. Make sure to bring them inside Tuesday night. Also, don't shave down your pets during this weather or leave them in the car for long periods of time.

Click here for more ways you can keep your pets stay warm and safe: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cold-weather-tips

Another important reminder, don't leave space heaters or candles unattended or use kitchen stoves as a heat source.

More tips provided by the Memphis Fire Department:

1. Keep space heaters three (3) feet away from combustible materials.

2. Don't overload electrical outlets.

3. Avoid using too many extension cords. Only intended for temporary use.

4. Have fireplaces, chimney's and wood burning inserts inspected by licensed technician to insure proper installation, adequate clearance and to insure that chimney's are free of debris and creosote buildup.

5. Never leave fireplaces, space heaters and candles unattended.

6. Kerosene heaters should be refueled outdoors. Only use fuel recommended by the heater manufacturer. Make sure rooms are properly ventilated.

7. Carbon monoxide is considered a silent killer, and is often present when equipment is improperly vented.

8. Never use kitchen stoves as a source of heat.

9. Do not use portable generator in the home, garage, carport, sheds or partially enclosed spaces. Place generators outside only.

10. Maintain a working smoke detector in your place of residence.

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