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Home Prepardness Checklist

  1. Have your heating system checked by a professional once a year to ensure safe and efficient operation. Clean your fireplace or stove and be sure your chimney is clear of any obstrucions. Have your chimney cleaned at least once a year or as needed.

  2. Destructive ice dams may form if your home is not properly insulated. Clean your gutters. Leaves and other debris will prevent proper drainage and may cause ice dams to form.

  3. If exposed water pipes are in use outside, bury or insulate them to protect them from freezing and bursting. If not in use, drain and clear sprinkler systems or outside pipes and hoses and remember to shut off valves to outside lines.

  4. If pipes do freeze, never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch.

  5. Know how to shut off your water valves. Keep a wrench near the valves.

  6. Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Make it part of your annual routine to replace the batteries when you set your clocks back in the fall.

  7. As snow and ice melt, the risk of flooding increases. Prepare ahead of time to prevent basement leaks or deal with accumulated water.

  8. If possible, arrange and connect electric lights and holiday decorations before the first snow arrives. It is safer to use ladders and electricity before snow and ice are present.

Christmas Tree Safety

  1. Christmas trees are a traditional part of the Christmas holiday. They can also be a major source of fuel in a fire.

  2. When choosing a tree, look for one that is fresh and has green needles that do not fall out. Brownish needles mean the tree is dried out and more prone to catch fire.

  3. Pick a tree stand that can hold the tree securely. The stand should hold enough water for two days.

  4. Never block an exit with a Christmas tree. You do not want to block a possible escape route in the event of a fire.

  5. Keep trees at minimum 3 feet away from any heat source: space heaters, heat vents, fire places etc.

  6. Check holiday lights for frayed wires or excessive wear.

  7. Remove the tree from your home when the needles are brittle and begin to fall off. 

  8. Always turn off lights on a tree before going to bed or leaving your home.

Ventilation

Clear all exterior vents of snow and debris. Failure to do so may allow carbon monoxide to build up in to your home.

Fire Hydrants

When seconds matter, which would you rather have to protect your home? Remember after each snowfall to clear a three-foot radius around fire hydrants near your home and insure a clear path to the roadway.

WINTER SAFETY

Be Prepared for Winter Driving!

  1. Clear off all snow on your vehicle.

  2. Always drive with your headlights on.

  3. Be alert and drive slowly!

  4. Know your brakes.

  5. Accelerate and decelerate slowly.

  6. The normal dry pavement following distance is three to four seconds. During snowy or icy conditions, safe following distance is increased to eight to ten seconds.

  7. Floor mats may be placed behind your tires for extra traction in the event you are stuck.

  8. If you don't need to go out, stay home.

Create an Essential Emergency Supply Kit.

  1. Water in small bottles that can thaw quickly

  2. Cell phone charger

  3. Road flares

  4. Jumper cables or portable battery charger

  5. Extra jacket, gloves and hat

  6. Warm blankets or sleeping bag

  7. Food or snacks

  8. Tire pressure gauge and tire sealant

  9. Pocket knife

  10. Snow shovel and ice scraper

  11. Battery powered weather radio

  12. Tire jack and lug wrench

  13. Hand warmers

  14. First aid kit

  15. Tow strap