The Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission offers suggestions to help prepare for winter storms.
Wednesday, January 2
Now is the time of year for cold temperatures and winter storms. It’s also the time of year when gusting winds and ice and snow can bring power outages. Here are a few tips on how to prepare: Make sure you have a battery-powered or hand crank radio to listen for emergency updates and news reports. The Farmington Hills emergency radio station operates at 1650 AM. If using a portable generator during a power outage, it should always be operated outside, away from doors and windows to avoid dangerous carbon monoxide. Also be sure the generator is operated downwind from any homes. Every home should have a working carbon monoxide detector in each bedroom. Keep flashlights or electric lanterns on hand to provide light; candles may add some …
Combustibles near space heaters and creosote in chimneys top the list of house fire causes.
It should come as no surprise that heating equipment, which includes fireplaces, fixed space heaters, water heaters or portable space heaters, is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months of December through February, and trails only cooking equipment as the leading cause throughout the entire year. Where portable space heaters were involved, the leading cause was combustibles too close to the appliance. The leading cause of fireplace or wood stove fires was a build up of creosote (a tar-like build up in the chimney). If you have a natural burning fireplace and haven’t had your chimney cleaned recently, now is the time to have a reputable and qualified contractor provide the service it needs. Creosote is the cause of over 14…