Protect Your Family First During Winter Weather
Keep these tips in mind to protect you and your family when winter weather comes your way:
- Place space heaters on solid surfaces at least three feet away from heaters before exiting a room or going to sleep.
- Don’t leave a fireplace unattended unless embers are extinguished. Use a fire screen to catch rolling logs or sparks
- Generators should only be used in open and ventilated areas and should never be operated inside a home including in a. basement or garage, due to the risk of carbon monoxide fumes. Never connect generators directly to household wiring without first having a qualified electrician install a transfer switch to prevent back feeding, which poses a serious threat to line workers.
- If using Sterno or charcoal to cook food, always do so outside in a well-ventilated area. Cooking indoors with Sterno or charcoal will produce deadly carbon-monoxide fumes which are colorless and odorless.
- Stay away from downed or sagging power lines, and don’t attempt to remove tree limbs from lines. Never drive over or walk over power lines; always assume they are electrified and dangerous. Alert your electric cooperative of any damaged lines immediately.