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Seasonal Safety Tips

December 13, 2008

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Household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning claim hundreds of lives each year. We want you all to have a happy and safe holiday season, so we’re passing on these seasonal safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Underwriters Laboratories:

  • Have your heating and air conditioning systems inspected and serviced yearly.
  • Have your chimneys swept every year.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home that meet current industry standards, and check them regularly.
  • Install at least one of each on every floor of your home, and change the batteries every six months. (Tip: Replace the batteries in these units when you change your clocks for daylight savings time).
  • Make sure your family knows what the smoke and carbonmonoxide alarms sound like. Also, develop and practice a fire escape plan with your family.
  • Never burn charcoal inside your home or your garage.
  • Never operate an unvented fuel burning appliance (such as a kerosene space heater) in a closed room, and never use your gas range, oven or dryer to heat your house. Also, never use portable fuel-burning camping equipment inside a home, garage, vehicle or tent.
  • Follow the safety and operating instructions on all your home appliances. If the appliance isn’t working correctly, don’t use it until you’ve had it checked and repaired.

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