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Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Winter Safety tips for homeowners

    It’s that time of year again when we need to assess how ready we are to turn on the furnace, cozy up to the fireplace, and break out the electric blankets.  Here are a few safety tips listed by Colorado Springs Utilities http://www.csu.org/residential/greenback/energy/tips/item2846.html

              Some of the highlights include:

√ Install a carbon monoxide alarm near heating appliances and on every floor of your home.
√ Never operate a vehicle, lawn mower, snow blower or other fuel-burning equipment in an attached garage, even with the door open.
√ Do not use your gas range or oven for heat. Never burn charcoal indoors.
√ Make sure your clothes dryer is properly vented and free of lint.
√ If you use a fireplace, crack a window one to two inches to allow fresh air into the room.

          One area that usually gets neglected especially in winter when we are washing heavy blankets, is the dryer vent system.  Blockages in the vent system by a buildup of lint can overheat the dryer and lead to fires such as the one below

Dryer fire caused by lint clogging vent system

           

          Be sure to contact your local utilities department for more winter prep tips.

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