Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Surviving A Winter Storm And Being Fire Safe

Bison's Winter Storm Guide

Winter storms can pose a serious threat to even the most prepared homeowners. Storms, which can bring blinding driving snow, extreme dips in temperature, icy and dangerous road conditions, downed power lines, and more can be stressful to manage and can even lead to dangerous issues such as winter fires.

How can you be prepared to handle a winter storm and protect your family, home, and possessions from fires during a winter storm? Keep reading to find out:

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Most weather networks will alert you to when a winter storm is incoming, which will give you time to prepare by taking these necessary precautions:

  • Test all smoke alarms. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your home to ensure that they are working properly, and that their batteries do not need to be replaced.
  • Make a plan with neighbours. Establish a “buddy system” with neighbours in your area to keep an eye on everyone’s homes in the event of a fire or emergency situation.
  • Keep your house number visible. Make sure to clear off any snow from your house numbers, or place a sign in a visible window, so that the fire department and first responders can easily identify your home in the event of a fire or emergency.
  • Make sure you can leave. Shovel your walkway and driveway before the storm hits to remove any snow, and lay out ice melting products to ensure easy access and exits from your home.

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Power outages are common occurrences during winter storms. Many homeowners may experience powerlessness anywhere from a half an hour to several days, depending on the severity of the storm.

  • Make sure you have light. Make sure to have flashlights with fully charged batteries available. Never use candles during a power outage.
  • Keep snacks and food on hand. Never attempt to use a portable grill, griddle, or heat source indoors.
  • Stay away from downed power lines. If your power goes out and you can see the downed power line, do not approach the power line. Instead, call 311 or your local city service line and report it.

What to Do if the Power Goes Out

Being prepared in the event of a power outage is essential to keeping your family safe and secure while you wait out the storm. Follow these steps to stay fire safe in the event of a power outage:

  • Layer up. Instead of depending on portable heaters as your only source of heat, make sure to bundle up and use layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm.
  • Turn off portable heaters when you go to bed. It may be tempting to leave space heaters on while you’re sleeping to stay warm, but leaving a portable heater unattended may result in a house fire.
  • Never use candles. It may be tempting to light candles in the event of a power outage, but they may start a house fire, leaving you with few options other than facing the blizzard outside.

The fire safety experts at Bison Fire Protection are here to keep you safe and protect your home, business, and investments. Contact us at 204-237-3473 for service today.

Posted by Rob Read at 10:01 AM

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