Each Season Brings its own special problems. Simple precautions can keep you and your family safe from a
serous burn injury.
Test the smoke alarms in your home to make sure they’re working, and be certain everyone in your
family knows and practices your home fire escape plan.
Use non-flammable holders and position candles a safe distance from your Christmas tree and other
A dry tree is a serious fire hazard, so water yours often. After the holidays, dispose of the tree
safely at a recycling center or with your pick-up service.
Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your
family, neighbors, livestock or equipment.
Install storm shutters, doors and windows; clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks; and check the
structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow--or water,
if drains on flat roofs do not work
Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.
Do not try to walk across running water more than 6 inches deep; even 6 inches of rapidly running
water can sweep you off your feet.
Do not drive into flooded areas. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately--if you can--and seek
If using kerosene heaters, maintain ventilation to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Keep heaters at
least three feet from flammable objects. Refuel kerosene heaters outside.