During these cold winter months, most of us would prefer to sit inside the house by a warm fire, sipping on hot chocolate. As temperatures plummet and snow accumulates we would like to remind you of some safety precautions and tips to follow for a warm and comfortable winter:
Shut off and drain the water system before an extended vacation and set the heat at no lower than 55 degrees.
Insulate pipes near outer walls, in crawl spaces and in the attic.
In extreme cold weather, open cabinet doors and leave the faucets dripping where pipes are located near exterior walls.
Never attempt to thaw pipes with a torch or any kind of open flame. Use hot water or a U-labeled device such as a hand held dryer.
Keep downspouts and gutters clean to prevent ice dams on the roof.
Make sure downspouts are directed away from the house to prevent flooding from a heavy downpour or sudden thaw.
Turn off portable space heaters before going to sleep or leaving the room.
Keep chimney liners clean and have the mortar on brick chimneys inspected regularly to be sure there are no cracks where fire can wick through to the framing.
Install and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
If there is a fire hydrant near your home, remove snow from it and clear a 3-foot area to allow quick access for firefighters.
If using a real tree, be sure and keep it well watered. Dry needles are highly combustible.
Purchase longer extension cords rather than connecting multiple cords. And inspect cords regularly for cracks or hot spots.
Never use unventilated propane heaters, charcoal briquettes or gas ovens to heat your home. Doing so can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.
If using synthetic logs, follow the directions on the package. Never break apart a synthetic log or use more than one log at a time. This causes them to burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide.
Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and driveways and use sand for better traction.
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