The CDC recently wrote about ways to help keep your home safe in this winter weather. Their suggestions included:
- 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 when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
- Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
Recently in Chesterfield there was a multiple fatality fire; this is a very unfortunate incident and our hearts go out to the family and emergency responders that worked on scene, however there is much we can take from it. Attached is some information about the importance of working smoke alarms and home escape planning.
For additional information, please visit the CDC’s website at: http://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/
Stay safe neighbors.