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Winter Safety

Winter Safety

Download and print an informative guide on winter safety that includes: chimney maintenance, holiday safety tips, safe use of a generator, water pipe safety, what to do if you are stranded, caring for your pets in cold temperatures, safe winter travel, vehicle safety, and ensuring safety for people with special needs.

Power Outages

When the power goes out, your family's fire safety risk can go up. Consider using flashlights instead of candles and other open flame devices. Use barbecues and camp stoves outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, and be sure kerosene and other fueled heaters are only used in areas with proper ventilation (a source of clean outside air). See the information below on both power outage safety and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Gas Barbecues

In order to reduce the risk of fire or explosion with gas grills please adhere to the following safety tips:

  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks.
  • Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
  • Always keep propane gas containers upright.
  • Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors.
  • Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
  • Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.
  • Make sure your spark igniter is consistently generating a spark to create a flame and burn the propane gas. If the flame is not visible, the heavier-than-air propane gas may be escaping and could explode.
  • Never bring the propane tank into the house.

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