GAS METERS AND VENTS
- If equipment experiences 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
- Nauseous and headaches
- Feel sleepy, tired or drowsy
- Get fresh air right away. Contact the gas company to have equipment inspected.
- Check your equipment vents and combustion air intakes.
- Make certain they are unobstructed, tight, clean and in good working order.
- The pressure regulator has a vent which must not be blocked by things like snow and ice.
- Remember: Always call 911 to check for potential carbon monoxide.
SNOW ACCUMULATION ON ROOFS
- Safely remove excess snow from roofs to prevent collapse.
- Make sure 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.
- Make sure fire hydrants have 3 feet of clearance on all sides for fire department access.
- Clear a path to the street, if possible.
- If there is a hydrant in your neighborhood, make sure that the hydrant is clear of snow.
WINTER SURVIVAL KITS
- 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
- First aid kit
- Bottled water
- Hand/feet warmers
- Snacks such as granola, nuts, and dried fruit
- Limit time 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 numbness.
- Seek warm shelter.
- Protect the infected area from further cold.
- Contact a doctor.