Some of us love winter while others count the days until spring comes back around. Though who can blame those non-winter folk? There’s a lot to think about, especially in this winter wonderland region that we live in. Ice, snow, wind, and blizzards are just a few of the things to consider when the calendar turns to the winter months. Many of us New Englanders rely on generators and alternative energy sources to get us through the times when power has been knocked out. However, candles and generators have some inherent dangers that we all should be aware of. Let’s take a closer look at candle and generator safety during this time of year when it comes to alternative energy and light sources.
Extinguish all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
Consider using flameless candles in your home as they use batteries and can illuminate large areas.
When using candles, use holders that are solid and flat so they will not tip. In addition, be sure to keep them at least a foot away from anything that could potentially burn.
Never use candles if someone in your home uses oxygen.
Avoid using candles when you have young children, as accidents can, and do, happen.
Generator Safety – Every winter during power outages, homeowners turn to portable generators as a solution. Unfortunately, every year there are reports of homeowners being poisoned by CO (carbon monoxide), an invisible, tasteless, odorless gas that is produced when a generator is used inside or near a home. For this reason, follow some simple safety guidelines for generator use.
Use generators in a well-ventilated area that is outdoors and away from dwellings windows, doors, and vent openings. Never use it in a garage or with an open door or window.
Use a heavy duty cord for plugging in appliances and be sure to inspect for cuts, frays, or damage to the cords. Also be sure there is a grounding pin.
Turn off the generator when you are refueling it and never refuel when it is hot.
Follow all the rules included in the packaging.
This winter promises to be another cold, snowy one for our area. Practice safety when using these alternative energy sources. As always, if you have questions or concerns call Wayne Alarm at our Lynn office at (781) 595-0000 or at our Nantucket office at (508) 825-9200, or visit our website for more information.