Preparedness Safety Tips
ü Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least
one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
o Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
o Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log
o Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters
ü Check with your local fire department to make sure that
kerosene heaters are legal in your area.
ü Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches
and non-glowing elements.
ü Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near
ü Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
ü Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and
ü Have the following safety equipment:
o Chemical fire extinguisher (Inspect annually)
o Smoke alarm in working order (Check batteries monthly)
o Carbon monoxide detector (Check batteries monthly)
ü Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the
garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon
ü Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet.
ü Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could
ü Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in
Please be mindful of the elderly during the winter
months. When the weather gets cold and turns to ice and snow, the elderly
in your community may not have adequate resources to stay warm. Local
churches are a good resource to help the elderly who may need assistance in
your area. Have a Healthy,
Safe, and Warm 2016!