Home Preparedness

How To Prepare Your Home For Cold Weather
  • Caulk and weather strip doors and windows
  • Insulate outdoor pipes
  • Make sure your home has these tools in good working order:
    • ABC fire extinguisher
    • Carbon monoxide detector
    • Working smoke detector(s) – at least one on each level or your home.
  • Stock up and develop an Emergency Supplies Kit
Heating & Power Sources
  • Give space heaters space – at least 3 feet from any combustible elements such as furniture and drapes.
  • Have heating devices ready for use.
    • Fireplace or wood stove with dry firewood, pellet stove, or a gas log fireplace. Have chimneys and flues inspected annually.
    • Portable space heaters
  • Never leave children unattended around a space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water. Use electric heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.
  • Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Do not store gasoline indoors where fumes can ignite.
    • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet.
  • Never use charcoal grills or portable gas camp stoves indoors – the fumes are deadly.
  • Use flashlights or lanterns as opposed to candles for lighting