What should I do to keep my home safer this winter?

Home Winter Safety

To keep your home safer this winter you should take the following precautions:

  • Candles should be on a flat surface in a noncombustible holder of glass, metal or ceramic. Candles should never be left unattended. Many major fires in our area have been started by unattended candles.
  • Carbon Monoxide detectors should be installed near heating units and on the level of the bedrooms.
  • Chimneys should be cleaned, especially if you burn wood in a wood stove or fireplace. Chimneys should also have a screened rain cap to prevent rain, snow and animals from entering the flue.
  • Cleaning leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts will prevent ice buildups during freezing weather.
  • Have your furnace / boiler cleaned and serviced by a licensed oil burner or gas technician.
  • If your oil or gas furnace / boiler has a direct vent, make regular checks during storms to make sure the vent is free from accumulated snow or debris.
  • Keep space heaters away from upholstery, drapes, newspapers, magazines and other combustibles.
  • Never ever use a gas oven to heat a room.

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1. I am selling my house and I was told I need a smoke detector inspection, where should I put them?
2. I am building a new house, what are the smoke detector requirements for New Construction?
3. What are the smoke detector requirements for an apartment building with 3 to 6 units?
4. Do I need Carbon Monoxide Detectors?
5. Is there a law against piling snow onto a fire hydrant?
6. Can I have a gas grill on my deck?
7. What should I do to keep my home safer this winter?