Winter Safety

  • Home Safety Tips for a Safe and Healthy Winter

Use the following tips to avoid potential dangers of home fires, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and power outages during the winter months:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Precaution: Heating Systems and Gas Appliances
  • Install at least one CO alarm to protect sleeping areas.

  • Have a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up central heating system and repair leaks or other problems; fireplaces and woodstoves should also be inspected each year and cleaned or repaired as needed.

  • Keep gas appliances properly adjusted and serviced.

  • Never use an oven or range to heat your home.

  • Never use a gas grill inside your home or in a closed garage.

  • Home Fire Precautions: Fireplaces and Wood Stoves
  • Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and near sleeping areas

  • Burn only wood- not trash, cardboard boxes, or Christmas trees because these items increase the risk of uncontrolled fires.

  • Have a professional chimney sweep inspect the chimneys you use regularly every year for cracks, blockages and leaks and have them cleaned and repaired as needed.

  • Keep all persons and flammable objects, including wallpaper, bedding, clothing and pets, at least 36 inches away from fireplaces and wood stoves.

  • Open flues before fireplaces are used.

  • Portable Space Heaters
  • Purchase electric space heaters that bear the mark of an independent testing laboratory, such as UL.

  • Turn off space heaters before leaving a room or going to sleep.

  • Supervise children and pets at all times when a portable space heater is in use

  • Use proper fuel in kerosene space heaters.

  • Never use space heaters to dry flammable items such as clothing or blankets.

  • Keep all flammable objects at least three feet from space heaters.

  • Power Outage Precautions: Lighting Sources and Perishable Food
  • Stock up on batteries, flashlights, portable radios, canned foods, manual can openers, bottled water and blankets.

  • Use flashlights instead of candles to avoid a possible fire hazard.

  • Run water at a trickle to help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting if outside temperatures are below freezing for an extended period of time and your home has no heat.

  • Store perishable food outside in the snow or in an unheated outside building if power goes out.