Keep the Home Fires Burning

Prepare your home for winter

(HealthDayNews) -- An extreme drop in temperature can happen overnight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you listen regularly to winter weather forecasts and gear up your home for frigid weather.

Here are some of the things you can do:

  • If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue checked annually.
  • If you use a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year.
  • Older people are less able to feel a change in temperature. If you're over 65, keep a thermometer inside your home and check the reading frequently during the winter months.
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