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Take caution in colder weather

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Cooler weather seems to have set in for North Louisiana and with that comes the added safety measures that need to be taken around the home.

Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, said there are several areas in which resident should take extra precautions.

• Have all heating appliances — furnaces, water heaters and wood stoves — checked and serviced yearly by a reliable professional.

• Make sure no flammable materials have been placed near any heating appliance over the summer, while the appliance was not in use.

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