This is the fourth of five blogs on fire safety topics during our October observance of Fire Prevention Month.
A carbon monoxide alarm may or may not have a digital readout.
Burning wood in a fireplace. Heating a home with a gas furnace. Cooking on a gas stovetop. Grilling with charcoal. Running a combustion engine such as an automobile or generator. Drying clothes in a gas dryer. Many of us enjoy these modern conveniences, but what is the danger they all have in common? Carbon monoxide.
In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 80,000 non-fire carbon monoxide incidents. In 2008 alone nearly 200 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Read More
Verify that your snow removal contractor has a certificate of insurance.
Buildings protect us from the elements but, like people, are not immune to seasonal change. Fall is a great time to take action to help protect your commercial building from the effects of transitioning to fall and winter. Your efforts now will keep you and your customers more comfortable later. Read More
This is the third of five blogs on fire safety topics during our October observance of Fire Prevention Month.
Develop a fire escape plan and practice it with all family members.
Installing the proper safety equipment and having an emergency escape plan are two critical things that can make a difference in the event of a house fire. Make the necessary preparations now to improve the chances that your family will survive a house fire.
Develop an emergency escape plan
Create a plan that includes escape routes from each room of your home
Clean leaves and debris from gutters to allow water to flow.
Take advantage of fall weather to work on projects around your home and protect it from common winter problems. Keep the following tips in mind:
Clean out your gutters. Remove leaves and other debris from your gutters first by hand to get rid of the large particles, and then with a scraping tool and water hose before cold weather arrives. This helps to prevent ice damming. Ice dams are caused when snow melts on a heated part of the roof, then refreezes on a colder portion of the roof. This creates a dam and allows water to back up under the shingles, causing damage to insulation and interior ceilings or walls. The University of Minnesota Extension Service has more information about preventing ice dams.