As we watch summer fade in our rearview mirror and turn our attention towards the return of school, football and foliage, consider the following household safety tips when buttoning up your home for the winter.
Look up and live
As you make the annual climb up the ladder to clean your gutters, remember always to look up and take note of overhead power line locations. Contact with overhead power lines can result in severe injury or even death. When working with ladders or transporting equipment, keep yourself, your tools and your equipment more than 10 feet from overhead power lines. The only safe contact is no contact. Learn More
Defend against the silent killer
Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the silent killer because you can’t smell, hear or see it. In the home, CO can be formed, for example, by open flames, space heaters, standby generators, water heaters, blocked chimneys or vents, running a car or other motor inside a garage or a similar enclosed space — all critical household safety issues. To help prevent CO poisoning, hire a qualified contractor annually to inspect your home’s fuel-burning appliances and venting systems for proper ventilation. Performing routine maintenance is advised, especially before the beginning of each year’s heating season. Learn More
Call 811 before you dig
As you are finishing up any yard projects this fall, remember to call 811 before you dig. The safest and only legal way to dig is to know what’s below ground before your shovel or equipment moves any dirt. Even small projects, like planting a shrub, require you to call to 811 in advance to learn where utility-owned lines and equipment are buried before you turn the earth. Learn more.
Household safety matters, to all of us
Be aware and be prepared. This autumn, use these household safety efforts and resources to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and sound.