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Safety During the Winter Season

Safety During the Winter Season


          You cannot live in the upper Midwest and miss knowing that our climate changes radically from season to season with winter bringing the harshest changes.  As we respond to the changes, some adaptations happen quickly and easily.  We grab winter clothes, coats and boots from storage areas and buy gas for the snow blower.  Other changes, though take more time and thought. 

          -For fire safety, install a smoke alarm near bedrooms and one on each floor of your home. Test it monthly. If it has a 9-volt battery, change the battery once a year.       

          - Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home.

          - Make sure heating equipment is properly installed.  Have a trained specialist inspect and tune your heating system each year.

          - Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn, including bedding, furniture and clothing.  Never drape clothing over a space heater to dry.

          - Keep children and pets away from space heaters. Never leave children alone in a room when a space heater is in use.

          - If you use a kerosene heater, use only the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Never put gasoline in a kerosene heater – it could explode. Before you refuel the heater, turn it off and let it cool down.

          - Have your fireplace chimney and flue inspected each year and cleaned if needed. Open the flue and use a sturdy fireplace screen when you have a fire. Burn only untreated wood.  Never burn paper or pine branches.

          - If you use a wood-burning stove, have the chimney connection and flue checked each year. Make sure the stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and coals.

          - Never use your range or oven to heat your home, even for a short time.

          - Check exhaust vents and chimneys for ice build-up and blockage, which can create another risk for CO poisoning.

          -  Play safe with winter.  Winter brings us wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities and beautiful scenery; just remember to enjoy it safely.  

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