Seasonal Information

Generators

Using a generator indoors can kill you in minutes. Generator exhaust contains carbon monoxide. This is a poison you cannot see or smell. Never use inside a home or garage, even if doors and windows are open. Only use outside and far away form windows, doors, and vents.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Pets / Animals

  • Bring in pets/animals inside during cold weather.
  • If unable to bring them inside, move animals to sheltered areas with nonfrozen drinking water.

Home

  • Insulated exposed pipes and allow at least one faucet to drip a little to avoid freezing. Even a trickle of water helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep heating devices away from flammable materials, and never leave unattended.

Yourself & Others

  • Dress accordingly and keep warm with plenty of clothing layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets.
  • Remember to check on those whom are elderly, disabled, and young.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.

Winter Travel Safety

Equip Your Vehicle

  • Blankets and Extra Clothing
  • Booster Cables
  • Bottled Water
  • Brightly Colored Cloth
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Necessary Medications
  • Nonperishable Foods
  • Sack of Sand and Small Shovel
  • Small Tools

Before Your Trip

  • Avoid driving until the roads are safe and passable.
  • Winterize your vehicle
  • Do a thorough pre-trip inspection of your vehicle

Furnace Safety Tips to Keep in Mind This Winter

Schedule an Annual Tune-up

One of the most important aspects of an annual furnace tune-up is checking to make sure that your system is running safely.

Keep the Area Around Your Furnace Clear

You can help minimize the chance of fire hazards from your furnace by keeping the area around your system clear. Although you should avoid storing anything near your furnace, this is especially true for any flammable products or materials.

Change Your Air Filter

A dirty air filter will restrict airflow to your furnace, which will overwork your system and can potentially increase the risk of a carbon monoxide leak.

Test Your Detectors

Every six months you'll want to check both your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Be Aware

Be tuned in to your furnace all season long, listening for any unusual sounds or noticing any strange smells.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

Dangerous fumes, such as carbon monoxide, are vented out of your home through a flue, likely in your roof. Keeping this vent clear makes certain that those gasses do not back up into your home and become a health hazard for your family.

Keep the Registers Clean

Regularly vacuum the registers to remove lint, dust, animal hair, and other debris. You should also keep the area around the registers clear and unobstructed by furniture and rugs.