Winter weather offers many safety challenges. Be sure to have your automobile serviced and ready for winter driving. Get your home ready by checking your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Have one on every level and near every sleeping area. Check your batteries each month. Carbon Monoxide poisoning results in several deaths each year. The only way to know you have Carbon Monoxide in your home is to have a working Carbon Monoxide alarm.
Decorate your home safely for the holidays – avoid burning candles and opt for flameless candles. Be sure your Christmas tree is watered so it doesn’t dry out and pose an increased fire hazard. Keep poisonous plants out of reach from small children.
Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly! Know two ways out of each room and have a safe meeting place. Practice your emergency plan with family members and visitors. Talk to kids about how and when to call 9-1-1 to report an emergency. Be prepared to evacuate or protect in place – have a ready to stay bin and a ready to go bin. Your bins should have 3 days worth of food, water and medicine.