Fire Safety During Winter Storms

Winter storms can happen and they can cause us many problems. Know what
to do before, during and after a winter storm. This will help keep you and your
family safe from a winter fire.

  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. This way you will know they
    are working.
  • Review two ways out of the home in case of an emergency.
  • Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow often. This will provide easy and safe access in and out your home.
  • Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. This will ensure that firefighters will be able to find your home in the event of an emergency.
  • Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting on hand. Never use candles.
  • During and after the snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Stay aware of winter weather. Listen to the television or radio for updates. Watch for bulletins online.
  • Check in on neighbors and others who may need help.
  • Generators should ONLY be used outdoors. Keep them away from windows and doors. DO NOT run a generator inside your garage or barn, even if the door is open.
  • Stay away from any downed wires. Report any downed wires to authorities.
  • Be ready if the heat stops working. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away.

Please see http://www.readynh.gov/disasters/winter-storms.htm for more helpful links and information.

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