Please be safe this winter and have the following in your vehicle
Survival kit for winter driving:
? Coffee can or other empty and clean food can
? 60-inch length string (cut into 3 equal pieces - used to suspend can)
? 3 large safety pins (tie string to safety pins and pin to car roof interior to suspend can
? 1 candle 2" diameter (place on lid under suspended can for melting snow). Canned
Sterno will also work to heat water.
? 1 pocket knife, reasonably sharp (or substitute with scissors)
? 3 pieces of bright cloth 2" wide x 36" long (tie to antenna or door handle)
? Several packets of soup, hot chocolate, tea, bouillon cubes, etc. (mixed into melted
snow to provide warmth and nutrition)
? Plastic spoons
? Packages of easy to eat, high energy foods like peanuts and candy or canned, ready-toeat
soups or fruit
? 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of gloves or glove liners; cotton is not recommended because
it provides no insulation when wet).
? Extra clothing and a blanket or sleeping bag
? 2 packages of book matches
? 1 sun shield blanket or 2 large green or black plastic leaf bags (to reflect body heat)
? 1 flash light and batteries (keep separate)
? First aid kit
? Toilet paper and sealable container for bathroom purposes
? Fire extinguisher
? Small tool kit
? Ice scraper/snowbrush
? Sand or other traction aid
? Tow rope or chain
? Jumper cables
? Road flares or warning lights
? Gas line antifreeze
? Large plastic garbage bag
? Pencil stub and paper
? Plastic whistle
? Cellular phone with a charger
You may want to keep the survival kit in the passenger compartment in case you go into a
ditch and can't get to or open the trunk.
Put all items in a plastic storage container and place in vehicle when traveling starting in mid
Home heating devices are among the leading causes of fire death in the United States. Here are a few safety tips to keep safe while staying warm and cozy.
Before the heating season, have the furnace checked by a professional to ensure that everything is working properly and to prevent potential problems with carbon monoxide.
If you use a wood stove or fireplace, the chimney should be cleaned and checked yearly. The chimney should be free from obstructions to allow smoke to be drawn out. Make sure the damper is open and the chimney is drawing properly before lighting your fire. To check the draw, first open a window a bit to allow for ventilation. Either carefully hold a lighted match to the flue and make sure the flame is drawn upward or light a small ball of paper in the grate, again making sure that the smoke is drawn up through the chimney. If the chimney does not draw smoke up and out, have the chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional.
Avoid huge, blazing fires; never leave a fire unattended.
Always keep a screen in front of the fireplace to prevent flying sparks from escaping. Never store flammable materials near any heating sources, especially fireplaces or woodstoves.
Burn paper only when starting a fire and only in small amounts. Never use chemicals or fuels to start a fire. Be aware that holiday gift wrap often contains chemicals that release toxic fumes when burned.
Use only dry, seasoned wood or logs. Avoid evergreen branches, which can flare up quickly and throw sparks, or treated wood, which can contain harmful chemicals.
Keep small children away from any heating source, especially open fires. Older children and teens should be thoroughly instructed on the proper use of all heating equipment.
Extra precautions should be taken when using portable space heaters. Fuel-based heaters should be filled outdoors, never while in use. Electric space heaters should be UL-tested and approved. If extension cords are necessary, they should be as short as possible and sturdy enough to handle the higher wattage of the heater. Cords should be protected and out of the way, and space heaters should be placed out of high traffic areas so they will not be tipped over. Keep all space heaters away from drapes or other materials that could ignite. Read and follow all instructions in the owner's manual when using any type of space heater