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FALL SEASON SAFETY TIPS ~ HOME MAINTENANCE

SAFETY TIPS FOR FALL DRIVING

WINTER SAFETY ~ TIPS TO HELP MAKE WINTER LESS PAINFUL

WINTER SAFETY ~ FIRE PROTECTION

WHAT TO DO BEFORE WINTER STORMS AND EXTREME COLD

SAFETY TIPS ~ WINTER DRIVING

TEMPERATURE RELATED WINTER SAFETY TIPS

WINTER STORM PREPARATIONS

FIRE SAFETY FOR SUPPLEMENTAL HEAT

 

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TEMPERATURE RELATED WINTER SAFETY TIPS

Helpful Tips

 

When the temperature starts to drop, it's essential to make sure you're observing all applicable winter safety tips for keeping yourself and your family warm. This includes making sure the temperature in your living environment is properly regulated and that you're using home heating equipment properly.

Home Heating Inspections

The fact that your central heating unit, space heater, and/or fireplace were working properly at the end of last season does not mean that they're ready for the current one. Before frigid temperatures set in, get a professional to conduct a safety inspection of your heating units as well as your fireplace's flue and chimney.


If any potential risks are found, act immediately to remedy them. If you'll be using space heaters, make sure your rooms have proper ventilation and that the units are not placed near anything flammable or that otherwise poses a danger. Using unsafe heating systems can result in fire, injuries, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

If you have a central gas heater, use gas powered space heaters, or have a fire place, install a sufficient quantity of carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Even if you already have detectors, make sure they are in proper working order and go ahead and change the batteries so you can be certain that they're fresh.

Protect Your Plumbing

When temperatures dip below freezing, it's important to take steps to prevent ruptured plumbing. To prevent burst pipes, leave water dripping slightly so that water is constantly running through them to reduce the chances of freezing. Additionally, open the cabinets in which indoor pipes are housed so they are exposed to the warmest temperatures in your home. Outdoor pipes should be wrapped with sufficient insulation to reduce exposure to the elements.

 

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