According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The winter season can present special challenges for your family’s health and safety, including fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, motor vehicle injuries and more.” The Amherst Health Department encourages residents to review a Winter Safety Tips list to help remind you of precautions that should be taken while experiencing a New England winter.
Winter Safety Tips:
Check the batteries of your household smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
-Never use a gas range or oven to heat your living environment.
-Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home.
-Clear snow from exhaust vents of household dryers and Direct Vent Gas Furnace Systems.
-Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space. -If your vehicle is outside, clear the snow away from the exhaust pipe before running the engine.
-Protect yourself by dressing appropriately: multiple light layers, hat and mittens, water resistant boots and outer layer.
-Be careful of over-exertion and muscle strain when shoveling snow.
-Be aware of safe, winter driving tips, and prepare a winter emergency supply kit to keep in your vehicle.