Winter Safety Tips for Your Home

Posted on:


During the winter months, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or a home fire increases. This is because many people use space heaters or gas heaters to help warm up their homes or specific areas. Though generally considered safe, these heaters could potentially cause injury or illness if they malfunction or tip over. To keep yourself and your family safe, here are some winter safety tips for your home you should try this year.  

 

 Winter Safety Tips for your Home

 

Stock Up on First Aid Supplies for Fire Injuries  

If you don't have a first aid kit in your home, it's time to think about getting one. In the winter weather, it's wise to look for first aid supplies or an emergency kit that includes items you'll need if you're injured. Things like burn cream, trauma pads, and non-stick injury dressings are helpful if you experience superficial burns due to a fire or burn in your winter home.  

 

Stock Up on First Aid Supplies for Fire Injuries

 

Put Fire Alarms in All Rooms  

You may think having a fire alarm in one or two rooms of your home is sufficient for your home security, but it's best to install a First Alert smoke alarm in every room of your home. You never know where a fire might start, and having a fire alarm in each room could potentially save your life.  

 

In addition to installing smoke detectors throughout your home, you also need to check them frequently to make sure they're still operating correctly. Usually, smoke detector batteries need to be installed every one to two years; a good tip is always to have extra batteries for any emergency.  

 

Most smoke detectors have built-in alarms that will alert you (very loudly, in most cases) when the batteries are low and need to be replaced. If you take the batteries out of a smoke detector to shut off the alarm, don't forget to put new batteries in as soon as possible. Otherwise, you're likely to forget, and your home will be left unprotected.  

 

Put Fire Alarms in All Rooms

  

Invest in Carbon Monoxide Detectors  

An excellent safety tip is to have First Alert carbon monoxide alarm detectors placed throughout your home to prevent you and your family members from being sick from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so it's very easy for it to take you by surprise. In addition, if the carbon monoxide concentration in your home is high enough, poisoning could occur in as little as one hour. So don't forget to include a carbon monoxide detector in your home security list. 

 

Various sources can generate carbon monoxide, but it's more common in cold weather when people use gas heaters and other appliances more frequently. Additionally, anything that burns charcoal, wood, or oil can potentially cause carbon monoxide poisoning if there is insufficient oxygen in the area to form carbon dioxide.  

 

Another common source of carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter months is allowing your vehicle to idle in the garage. Even if your garage door is open, just 10 minutes of idling could be enough to allow carbon monoxide to build up to dangerous levels. To avoid this situation, never let your vehicle idle in the garage. Suppose you want to warm it up on a cold winter day, back it out of your garage before turning it on and allowing it to warm up.  

 

Invest in Carbon Monoxide Detectors

 

Keep Multiple Fire Extinguishers in Your Home  

It's always good for home security to have a fire extinguisher, but it's even better to have multiple fire extinguishers ready when you need them. The best places to keep fire extinguishers for home fire safety are:  
  • The kitchen  

  • The garage  

  • Each floor of your home  

  • Every bedroom  

  • Near sources of a heating system (such as pellet stoves, gas or electric room heaters, etc.)  

  • You should even keep a fire extinguisher in your car in case your engine ever catches fire.  

  

Keep Multiple Fire Extinguishers in Your Home

 

Use Your Outdoor Fireplace Safely  

Fire hazards aren't limited to your home during cold temperatures. They can also occur outside if you use an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Spending time outdoors during the cold weather can be a lot of fun when you have a warm fire to keep you nice and cozy.  

 

Just remember always to practice fire pit safety to avoid fire injuries. Maintain a safe distance from your fire pit at all times, so you don't burn yourself or your clothing. Always keep an eye on youngsters and don't allow them to run near a burning fire. You may also want to keep a first aid kit handy when you're spending time around the fire pit, just in case the unthinkable happens.  

 

Use Your Outdoor Fireplace Safely

 

Keep Flashlights Throughout Your Home  

If a fire breaks out at night, your home may be filled with so much smoke that you won't be able to see where you're going. Keep flashlights in each room and extra batteries, so they're always available in the event of a fire emergency. This safety tip is also helpful in a power outage during a winter storm

 

Keep Flashlights Throughout Your Home

 

Get More Winter Safety Tips and Products  

For all your winter safety and heating and cooling needs, check out our winter collection at Max Warehouse. We have it all from ice melt, fireplace essentials, space heaters, heating equipment, and first aid kits.  

 

 


Shop Your Winter Essentials Today

 

 

Previous post
Next post