Are you ready for the Winter Storms?
Go to ready. gov to get information on how to prepare your winter storm kit.
They also a great source of information on planning for other disasters that can hit our area. See the below pamphlet for tons of information of how to prepare, survive and clean up after a winter storm.
Each season we will have tips for you to be prepared.
When the weather turns cold most people spend more time inside their homes using fireplaces, furnaces, and heaters to keep warm. There’s nothing quite as a
cozy fire, but it presents some safety hazards. Before the cold autumn and winter weather sets in keep these tips in mind.
Service Your Furnace:
- Be sure to call your heating and cooling company to service your furnace to make sure everything is in working order and that there are no leaks.
Use Fireplaces Safely:
- Have you chimney cleaned
- Keep that fire where it should be by using a fireplace screen to keep sparks from flying out of the fireplace.
- Never leave a burning fire unattended
- Make sure any fire is completely out before going to bed.
- Check and replace any home fire extinguishers that have expired.
Use Caution with Space Heaters:
A space heater can be an effective way to warm up a chilly room, but it’s
essential that you read the instructions on the unit before you use it.
- Allow at least three feet of empty area around space heaters.
- If your space heater requires venting, make sure you have vented it to the outdoors.
- Never use your stove or oven to heat your home. Only use space heaters that are approved for this purpose.
Fall Clean- Up
Fall is the time for yard clean-ups and readying your house for the cold winter ahead.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you turn back your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
- Use extra caution when climbing ladder for falls jobs, such as cleaning leaves out of gutters, as wet shoes and boots may cause you to slip as you climb the ladder.
- Keep your driveway and walkway clear of falling leaves, as they can be slippery when wet
- Always wear work gloves when doing outside yard work.
With the fall season comes shorter days making it more difficult to see children playing or people walking and riding bicycles. It is also hard to see motorcycles and other cars. C
- Always drive carefully, making sure to be aware of poor viability during certain weather conditions and times of the day.
- Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, as wet roads make it more difficult to stop.
- Use your dimmed headlights in bad weather with decreased visibility.
Exercise Candle Caution: Candles are a great way to
give a room that warm glow, but they can also cause fires.
According to the National Candle Association, almost
10,000 home fires start with improper candle use. Never
leave candles burning if you go out or go to sleep, and
keep your candles away from pets and kids.
Change Smoke Alarm Batteries: Change the batteries
in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
when you turn back your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
Make sure to check the alarms with the new batteries installed.
Check and replace any home fire extinguishers that