The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds families to be aware of safety in and around the home this winter. The agency offers these safety tips on three winter hazards:
- Use portable generators outside your home and place them at least 20 feet away from the residence with exhaust pointed away from spaces where it can gather and be a hazard. Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed, or garage. The exhaust from portable generators contains poisonous carbon monoxide, which can kill in minutes.
- Most portable generator-related deaths from CO poisoning occur during the cold winter months.
- Never leave a car running in a garage, even with the garage door open.
- Install CO alarms in your home on every level and outside all sleeping areas. Test CO alarms monthly.
- See the CPSC’s video "Carbon Monoxide the Invisible Killer" for more information.
- Keep flammable objects, such as curtains, sofas, beds, clothes, and papers at least 3 feet away from your space heater at all times.
- Make sure your space heater is placed on a stable, level, flat surface in an area where it can’t be knocked over.
- Turn off space heaters when you’re sleeping, or when you leave the room.
- Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, outside all sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom. Test smoke alarms once a month to make sure they’re working.
Most snow blower injuries happen when consumers try to clear snow from the discharge chute with their hands.
- Never leave a gas-powered snow blower running in an enclosed area. The exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide, which can kill in minutes.
- Don’t add gasoline to a running or hot engine to avoid a fire, and always keep the gasoline in a portable gasoline container with a child-resistant closure to prevent child poisonings.
Remember these safety tips to avoid tragedies in the home this winter.