Winter Safety

In General

  • Ensure your home has a sufficient supply of whatever you use as “fuel” to heat your home.
  • Have extra items on hand in case you can’t leave your house for a while.
    • Flashlight
    • Batteries
    • Battery powered radio
    • Water
    • Non-perishable foods
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  • Ask your town where the nearest warming shelter would be should it be needed.  Vermont 2-1-1 has a list of shelters when there are shelters open.

Power Outages

  • If you see a downed power line, leave it alone – always treat power lines as if they are live.  A live wire can kill you.
  • If clearing trees or limbs make CERTAIN they are no in contact with a power line.  It trees and branches can conduct electricity and electrocute you on contact.
  • Report outages to your power company.
  • Never run a generator indoors.  Ensure it is outside – far away from windows or any other area from which exhaust can vent back into a living area.  Carbon monoxide can cause injury or death.
  • Make sure your pipes are insulated.  If your pipes freeze know where the water shut off is and never use a blow torch or other open flame to thaw the pipes out.  A blow dryer is one safe way to take care of the problem.
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Safe Heating

  • Have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home!
  • Never use an “improvised” heat source like grill or oven as they can be fire or carbon monoxide hazards.
  • Make sure all heating vents are clear and properly discharging out of the house.
  • Make sure snow and ice is not impeding the venting of carbon monoxide and clear it away if it is.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source.
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  • Check out a weather report before heading out.
  • Make sure you have gas – you don’t want to run out in a remote area during a storm.
  • Throw a blanket, flashlight, cell phone, sand (or anything that can help you get traction if you get stuck), jumper cables, and other items in the car you may need if you slide off the road and have to hunker down.
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More Information

Contact Information

45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
(800) 347-0488
(802) 244-8721
(888) 545-7598 (TTY)

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