Fire Department Shares Life Saving Message For Snowy Weather
Cailyn Finkel 11/28/2018
With winter blizzards already in motion, it's important to know to keep our families safe. The chilly weather poses many threats to humans including frostbite, hypothermia and dangerous road conditions - but it also threatens us in a quieter, just as lethal way.
Thankfully, one Missourian fire department is determined to keep us all protected this winter. That's why they released a statement sharing the department's concerns and explained what civilians can do to protect themselves.
Anyone living in a cold-weather location should heed the firemen's warning...
In a time of the year when cold weather strikes millions of residents every single day, it's vital to know how to protect your family from silent threats like this one. The Lee's Summit Fire Department from Lee's Summit, Missouri, shared their warning with a helpful image (seen below).
"As the snow starts to drift against your house, homeowners with high-efficiency furnaces should make sure their fresh air intake and exhaust pipes are free of snow. They're usually white plastic pipes that come out of the side of a home..."
You can see the exhaust pipes jutting out from the side of the house below. Digging out these pipes in a snowstorm is essential to pumping dangerous fumes out of our home and away from your family. The post continued:
"A blocked intake pipe or exhaust vent could result in carbon monoxide poisoning. The same is true for dryer vents. Check vents frequently during periods of heavy or blowing snow.
Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the 'invisible killer' because it's a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental CO poisoning from generators or fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces. Breathing CO at high levels can kill you.
Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of increasing CO levels. These alarms should be placed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. If the alarm goes off, or you think you may have CO in your home, call 911.
Make sure exits are clear of drifting snow also..."
There's no reason to risk your family's safety! Even though it's a hassle to slide on your snow boots and trek to the side yard, doing so can save lives!