Winter Safety Tips

  1. Always use a portable generator in an open area with proper ventilation. Never use it inside a building like your garage or basement.
  2. Have a qualified professional connect your generator properly to your house system.
  3. Have your wood stove and chimney checked by a qualified professional.
  4. Burn seasoned wood to eliminate creosote buildup in your chimney.
  5. Keep all combustible material at least three feet away from your wood stove.
  6. Have your furnace or boiler cleaned yearly. This not only will assure you safe burning, but will also save you money in your heating fuel consumption.
  7. Check all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure you have fresh batteries installed. Change them once a year on a day you will remember such as a birthday a holiday.
  8. If you use electric space heaters, make sure it has a safety switch to turn it off should it get tipped over. Make sure all combustible material such as curtains and bedspreads, are at least three feet away from the heater.
  9. Make sure candles are extinguished if you are not going to be in the room while they are burning. Never leave a candle unattended.
  10. Clean off all the windows in your car before you start driving. Windows covered with frost or snow can create blind spots, especially at intersections.
  11. For Winter Holiday specific tips please review this list.