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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 11:20 pm | Updated: 4:16 pm, Fri Jan 25, 2013.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

The news pages have featured regular articles about house fires in recent weeks as the weather has cooled. While not all the blazes have been investigated conclusively, the extra demands placed on heating systems probably caused some of the fires.

The news reports should remind everyone to clean their chimneys, get their furnaces checked and peruse their premises for overloaded electric wires.

Fires can sprout in all sorts of odd and unexpected ways, but most problem areas can be spotted with a little advance work.

When was that chimney last swept? Did the mice, squirrels or insects get into the roof and deposit debris inside the stovepipe jack? Is the garage filling with fumes from gasoline used to clean snowmachine parts? Are there old, pinched or blanket-covered electrical cords attached to heaters?

These are just a few of the potential hazards. Each person should take a few moments to scrutinize their home or business with such possibilities in mind. It would be time well spent.

Letters deadline

The Nov. 6 general election is a week away, but the deadline for submitting election-related letters to the editor arrives much sooner — at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Based on past experience, the Daily News-Miner will be able to publish most if not all letters received by that deadline. We sometimes are able to publish letters received after the deadline, but it depends upon how many we receive — and that’s not something we can forecast with much certainty.

A letter must contain no more than 350 words and must arrive with the full name, address and phone number of the author. We only publish the author’s name and town of residence — the rest is just for confirmation purposes.

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