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We hope you don’t mind that we add our voice to those offering seasonal safety tips. Too often we see a headline about an incident which could have been avoided. Thanks for reading!
The Red Cross and others concerned with home safety tell us that the primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire.
Always run your generator outside your home, basement or attached garage, in a place with adequate ventilation. To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions.
One more thing about generators: Some insurance companies offer credit if you have one. Check with your agent.
Smoke and CO detectors
If you didn’t change your batteries at Daylight Savings Time in early November, how about changing them now?
Ice Dams
You know the spots on your roof where the icicles grow. Before they have a chance, and after the next big storm, rake your roof. This takes away some of the snow which, when melting, allows the icicles to form.
This one is simple: Never leave a candle in an unoccupied room.
Your vehicle
When you put your ice scraper back in your car, consider creating a winter car kit, too. Read more about winter car kits on our website. In the meantime, here are a few more vehicle tips:
• Check the antifreeze level.
• Keep the gas tank near full, which helps avoid ice in the fuel lines and the gas tank itself.
• Replace wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
• Make sure your tires are in good shape and have the proper air pressure.
• Check to confirm your battery has a good charge, your heater and defroster are working well, and that your emergency lights are functional.

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