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Monthly Energy Saving Tip: Safety

Posted: 2009-04-15 00:00:00

  • INVEST IN SMOKE DETECTORS. Install one with a new battery on every level of you house and outside each sleeping area and replace the batteries twice each year. Change them when you turn the clocks ahead or back for daylight-savings time. Note: Some of the new smoke alarms come with a ten-year battery. They are designed to be replaced as a unit, so you won't need to replace the batteries in these alarms.
  • GET A CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM. They protect you against this odorless gas produced by defective heaters burning natural gas, oil, propane, wood, or kerosene. Immediately call the fuel company if the alarm goes off. NOTE: Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea, irregular breathing, and confusion. If you think you have the flu, but get begtter when you leave the house, carbon monoxide may be the cause.
  • KEEP THE AREA CLEAR AROUND YOUR HEATING SYSTEM. It needs air to burn the fuel and remember, never store combustibles near the furnace.
  • NEVER LEAVE ENGINES RUNNING IN AN ATTACHED GARAGE. This means snow blowers, lawn mowers, cars, or anything else with an internal combustion engine. Don't even do it if the garage door is open.
  • DON'T OVERLOAD OUTLETS BY PLUGGING TOO MANY APLIANCES INTO ONE OUTLET.
  • CHECK WIRES FOR SIGNS OF WEAR. They should be replaced if they are cracked or frayed.
  • NEVER PULL A PLUG OUT BY THE CORD.
  • USE PLASTIC SAFETY CAPS IN ELECTRICAL OUTLETS. Especially when there are small children in your home.
  • DON'T INSERT METAL OBJECTSINTO AN APPLIANCE - LIFE A KNIFE INTO A TOASTER - WITHOUT UNPLUGGING THE APPLIANCE FIRST.
  • DON'T TOUCH APPLIANCES, WIRES, OR ELECTRICAL SWITCHES WITH WET HANDS.
  • KEEP EVERYONE AWAY FRON DOWNED WIRES AND CALL 911.


First Published by Lake Country Power

Learn about more ways to GO GREEN at the Iron Range Earth Fest this Saturday, April 18th from noon to 5:00 pm at the Mt. Iron Community Center. Stop by the Habitat booth amongst all the great community exhibitors and vendors. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!