Gas Meters and Vents
- If equipment has a mechanical problem that causes the natural gas to burn improperly, it could produce carbon monoxide.
- CO is an odorless, poisonous and potentially fatal gas. Possible Symptoms include:
- Out of breath
- Nauseous and headaches
- Feel sleepy, tired, and/or are drowsier than normal
- Get fresh air right away. Then call the gas company to have your equipment inspected.
- Check your equipment vents and combustion air intakes. Make certain they are unobstructed, tight, clean and in good repair. The pressure regulator has a vent which must not be blocked.
Snow Accumulation on Roofs
- Remove excess snow from roofs to prevent roof collapse.
- Make sure roof vents are clear of snow.
Remove Snow and Ice from Exits
- Make sure all exits remain unblocked by snow and ice.
- Always have two ways out of your home.
Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
- Clear ice and snow from exit landings, exterior walkways, and driveways.
- Use sand or salt to help clear a path.
- Make sure fire hydrants have 3 feet of clearance on all sides for fire department access.
- A clear path to the street is ideal.
- If there is a hydrant in your neighborhood, make sure that the hydrant is clear of snow.
- One fire hydrant can protect an entire block.
Winter Survival Kit
- Have a winter survival kit available in case of power outage or a stalled vehicle.
- Include the following items:
- Extra blankets, hats, gloves and socks
- First aid kit
- Bottled water
- Hand/feet warmers
- Snacks such as granola, nuts, and dried fruit
- Limit time you’re outside in cold, wet or windy weather.
- Wear several layers of loose warm clothes.
- Watch for signs of frostbite.
- Early signs of frostbite include red or pale skin, prickling, and numbeness.
- Seek warm shelter.
- Protect the infected area from further cold.
- Contact a doctor.