Winter Safety

Gas Meters and Vents

  • If equipment has a mechanical problem that causes the natural gas to burn improperly, it could produce carbon monoxide.
  • CO is an odorless, poisonous and potentially fatal gas.  Possible Symptoms include:
    • Out of breath
    • Dizziness
    • Nauseous and headaches
    • Feel sleepy, tired, and/or are drowsier than normal
  • Remedy:
    • Get fresh air right away.  Then call the gas company to have your equipment inspected.
  • Remedy:
    • Check your equipment vents and combustion air intakes.  Make certain they are unobstructed, tight, clean and in good repair.  The pressure regulator has a vent which must not be blocked.

Snow Accumulation on Roofs

  • Remove excess snow from roofs to prevent roof collapse.
  • Make sure roof vents are clear of snow.

Remove Snow and Ice from Exits

  • Make sure all exits remain unblocked by snow and ice.
  • Always have two ways out of your home.

Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

  • Clear ice and snow from exit landings, exterior walkways, and driveways.
  • Use sand or salt to help clear a path.

Fire Hydrants

  • Make sure fire hydrants have 3 feet of clearance on all sides for fire department access.
  • A clear path to the street is ideal.
  • If there is a hydrant in your neighborhood, make sure that the hydrant is clear of snow.
    • One fire hydrant can protect an entire block.

Winter Survival Kit

  • Have a winter survival kit available in case of power outage or a stalled vehicle.
  • Include the following items:
    • Extra blankets, hats, gloves and socks
    • Candles
    • First aid kit
    • Bottled water
    • Hand/feet warmers
    • Snacks such as granola, nuts, and dried fruit

Frostbite

  • Limit time you’re outside in cold, wet or windy weather.
  • Wear several layers of loose warm clothes.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite.
    • Early signs of frostbite include red or pale skin, prickling, and numbeness.
  • Remedy:
    • Seek warm shelter.
    • Protect the infected area from further cold.
    • Contact a doctor.

Winter Safety

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