Winter Safety

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 holiday decorations.
  • 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 higher ground.
  • 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.

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