Winter Safety Tips

The winter weather, especially in the Northeast, is anything but friendly. Make sure you are prepared to safely ride out these next few months by:

Checking your smoke and Co (carbon monoxide) detectors monthly. Make sure your batteries have been changed in the last 6 months and that your system’s life expectancy has not been exceeded. (Generally, the life expectancy of a fire alarm is 10 years and a CO detector is 5-7 years.)
If you haven’t already done so, have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents. When storing cooled ash from your fireplace or wood-burning stove, place them in a sealed metal container and leave them outside, at least 10 feet from any structure.

Keeping portable generators outside the home and away from windows. You want your generator to be as far away from your house as possible.

Having a fire extinguisher in an accessible place and make sure everyone in your family knows how to use it properly.
Keeping anything flammable at least 3 feet from any heat source (such as: fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and space heaters). Do not plug more than one heat source into an electrical outlet at a time.
Making sure all tree branches are trimmed away from your house and any power-lines.
Having an emergency kit prepared in case of power outages and/or for not being able to leave your home for a few days due to poor weather conditions.

If you need your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors evaluated, maintained, or replaced call GCSI at (877) 589-6111 to schedule an appointment.