Winter Safety Tips

Here are some links with winter safety and preparation tips from publichealthcorps.org.

Home: Is your home ready for winter?  Here are some tasks to add to your to-do list:

  • Update your home’s insulation
  • Insulate your windows
  • Door weather stripping
  • HVAC inspection & repairs
  • Change furnace filter
  • Winterize your exterior
    How to Winterize Your Home

Space heaters being placed too close to items such as upholstered furniture, clothing or bedding causes 24% of the fires in the United States. Space heaters should be:

  • Space heaters should be kept level
  • Space heaters should be 3ft away from flammable objects
  • Kids and pets should stay clear of space heaters
  • Space heaters should not be left running when you are out of the room
  • Make sure your smoke alarms in proper working order by checking them twice a year
  • Space heaters should not be used with extension cords
    Space heater safety tips (infographic)

Prevent Ice Dams from building up on your gutters:

  • Rake snow away from gutters after major snow storms
  • Winterize pipes and sprinklers
  • Use salt or pellets on walkways and driveways
  • Add a snow melting system to a new or replaced driveway
  • Cover plants and flowers
  • Insulate your garage
    6 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter Ice Storms

Winterize your car:

Keep your pets safe this winter. Depending on the size of the pet, depends how how well the colder temperatures. All pets should be watched as the temperatures drop below 40 degrees. Temperatures below 20 are life threatening for small pets. Larger animals can tolerate temperatures down to 10 degrees before the cold is life threatening. Check out this informative chart on how cold is too cold for your pet.
How cold is too cold for your dog?

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