Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter; Take These Steps for Your Home
Staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.
Check your heating systems.
-Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.
-Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
-If you do not have a working smoke detector, install one. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
-Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
-Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.