Wintertime activities increase the chances of house fires. Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and near each sleeping area. Check the detector each month and install fresh batteries yearly. Make sure space heaters are far away from draperies, upholstery and clothing and setting on a stable surface so they cannot be tipped over. Do not leave them running while a room is unoccupied. Never thaw pipes using a blow torch or other open flame. Try using a light bulb, hair dryer, or heat tape. Protect pipes from freezing by wrapping them with insulation and controlling ventilation in crawl spaces. Keep an emergency supply of food and water on hand. The food should require neither refrigeration nor cooking. Assemble emergency heating and lighting equipment. Anticipate spending up to one week in your home without power so youll be well prepared.
Resource: Family Connection newsletter, University Outreach and Extension, November/December 1997
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