Jefferson City Fire Department Provides Winter Safety Tips

The Jefferson City Fire Department wants to remind everyone of the following safety tips:

  • Install and periodically test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Plug space heaters directly into outlets, do not use extension cords, and make sure they are UL Listed and placed away from any combustibles.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide exposure, do not let vehicles idle in a garage.
  • If you use a portable generator, place the unit outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from all doors, windows, or vents.  Make sure to check the power load of any electrical appliances powered by the generator to avoid an overload and ensure safety.
  • When possible, stay indoors during extremely cold weather. If you must go outside, dress properly to avoid hypothermia or frostbite.
  • Ice on ponds must be at lease 5-7 inches thick to be considered safe.  Do not take over-sized equipment like ATV’s or vehicles on ice-over ponds or streams.  Don’t attempt a rescue on broken ice, call 911.
  • When traveling, remember to have a full tank of fuel and a safety pack that includes a flashlight, snacks, blanket, and a first aid kit.
  • If possible, avoid driving until road conditions have improved.  If you must travel make sure to leave early, turn your headlights on, don’t brake while turning, and don’t tailgate other vehicles.
  • Do not leave animals outside during extreme weather.
  • Make sure that fire hydrants and address numbers are clearly visible for emergency personnel.  Seconds count!

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