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Posted on: November 19, 2021

Winter Safety Tips

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Fortunately or not its getting cold outside!  A benefit of Minnesota?

Here are a couple seasonal tips to keep in mind.

  • Change the smoke alarm batteries.  Doesn't matter if your alarms are hard wired into the house power or battery only powered.  They all have batteries.
  • Test and change batteries in CO Detectors.
    • Also keep in mind to check the vents of your furnaces of ice build up.  If the furnace isn't venting appropriately there is a higher likelihood that the carbon monoxide and other gases will escape into your home.
  • If you like to comfy up to a space heater reading a book in an evening remember:
    • Keep at least three feet of clearance around the heater.  
    • Don't use an extension cord.  Plug the heater directly into an outlet.
    • If purchasing a new heater make sure its UL Listed with a tip over or overheat shutoff switch.  
    • Avoid any heater with a glowing heating coil
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace or woodstove don't forget to get the chimney cleaned.
  • Keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice.  Keep a container of salt or grit handy if they do.
  • Keep your windows and exterior doors free of ice.  It only takes about 1/8" of ice build up to make them unusable.  Remember these are your way out of the building in case of emergency.

Have a safe winter!!

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