With winter fast approaching, the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross would like to share some safety tips.
- Maintain furnaces by having them serviced every year
- All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear
- Do not leave burning candles unattended
- Running water, even a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing
- Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors
- If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure there is water for the tree to absorb into the needles
- Test your smoke alarm to see if it works? If it is battery operated, change the battery. Don’t have a smoke alarm – call us 520-318-6740 to inquire as to how to get a free 10 year smoke alarm installed.
About the American Red Cross
American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
For Winter Storm Safety Checklists in English and in Spanish, click below: