“Winter” Safety Tips From your friends at COPAKE FIRE

  • Keep your 911 house number clearly posted for Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and Police to locate you quickly in an emergency
  • Test your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide detectors often
  • Keep chimneys clean of dangerous creosote
  • NEVER place discarded Fireplace Ashes in paper, cardboard or plastic containers. Ashes retain heat for several days and will start fires
  • NEVER plug portable heaters into power strips or lead cords
  • Keep appliance vents clear of snow & ice to prevent the backup of carbon monoxide
  • ICE SAFETY…. ponds, lakes & streams can be Very Dangerous…..
    • Make sure ice is THICK [4” or more of solid ice for a person]
    • Make sure ice is SOLID [No slush, open cracks, standing water on the surface or any flowing water on the surface or beneath]
    • Make sure ice color is Clear or Blue NOT Black or Grey
  • Limit highway driving as much as possible during storms until roadways have been plowed and sanded
  • Use extreme care and take breaks when shoveling snow; and always shut down the snow blower to clean the auger and chute

In case of a Fire……Always do the following;

            Step #1        When an Alarm Sounds, Exit the building IMMEDIATELY

            Step#2         Stay calm and Dial 911 to report the alarm

            Step#3         Stay Out and gather at a Common Meeting Place, wait for the Fire Department to arrive… Never go back inside !!!