Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous, but if you plan ahead, you can stay safe and healthy. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on the elderly.
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.
•Winterize your home. ◦Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
◦Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
◦Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
•Check your heating systems. ◦Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.
◦Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
◦Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly.
◦Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
◦Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies. ■Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries regularly.
■Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, and disorientation.