Winter Safety Tips

The winter weather, especially in the Northeast, is anything but friendly. Make sure your 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.