If you’ve lived in New England long enough, you know the drill. Our weather can turn on a dime and every winter season has its challenges, so this one is no different.
Several winter storms had already brought a mess of snow and ice to the roads and headache to resident and travelers.
In case of the winter weather event, being prepared can help you and your family stay safe and comfortable. Here is the checklist to help take all safety precautions and stock up on emergency heating supplies:
- Have the following safety equipment:
- Chemical fire extinguisher
- Smoke alarm in working order with fresh batteries
- Carbon monoxide detector with fresh batteries
- For those of you using heating oil to heat your home
- Keep an active eye on the heating oil levels in your kerosene tank to make sure you always have enough oil
- Prevent dangerous carbon monoxide gas to come back into your house by having your exhaust and air intake vents clear all the time
- Know where your heating system and the exhaust vents are located
- Clear your exhaust and air intake vent before, during and after the storm
- Don’t shovel snow on top of the exhaust or intake air vent
If case the power does go out, make sure to have alternative heat sources at hand:
- Do not turn on the stove for heat, it is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources available:
- Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
- Fireplace that is up to code with plenty of dry firewood or gas log fireplace
- Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters
- Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area. Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.
- Never place a heater on top of furniture on near water
- Never leave children unattended near a space heater