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From Issue: 
January 2014

Some seasonal safety reminders

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer. It’s colorless, tasteless and odourless, making it extremely difficult to detect. Take precautions. Have a working CO detector on each level of your home and near each sleeping area, and test each alarm once a month by pressing and holding the button on the unit. Replace the batteries in each detector twice a year.

Have you furnace inspected once a year by a certified heating technician.

Keep fuel-powered heat sources such as BBQs, camp stoves, and generators out of the house, basement and garage. Do not use them indoors, as they emit carbon monoxide.

If you’re left in the dark

Freezing rain and high winds can down power lines and leave people in the dark for extended periods of time. Always stay clear of downed power lines or equipment and never assume they are safe to go near.

Have an emergency response plan for you and your loved ones to cope in the event of an extended power outage. Keep supplies on hand that include a flashlight, batteries, three-day (or more) supply of water, canned food, candles, waterproof matches, first aid kit, battery-operated radio, whistle, pocket knife, prescriptions, extra set of keys, money, copies of important documents, pet food, boots, and blankets.

Consider relocating to a friend’s house with power if very cold weather sets in. Check on neighbours frequently during the outage, especially the elderly, children and disabled persons, to make sure they are alright.

Winter driving safety

Winter conditions can change quickly. Pay attention to local forecasts and respect weather advisories. If the conditions are particularly bad, postponing your travel may be the safest thing to do.

Before leaving home, make sure your have your cellphone and that the battery is know where you are going, your planned route and when you expect to arrive at your destination.

Keep your gas tank topped up to help prevent your fuel line from freezing.

If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle. Continue to move your arms and legs to keep yourself mobile, warm and alert.

  • Stay visible by putting a bright cloth on the antenna, turning on the inside overhead light (when engine is running), and raising the hood when snow stops falling.

  • Run the engine and heater for up to 10 minutes every hour. Make sure the vehicle’s tailpipe is not blocked by snow. Keep a back window open slightly for good air flow and to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.

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