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Posted on: January 24, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Get ready for Polar Vortex, Part II

Forecasts of temperatures falling well below zero during the coming week present significant safety issues – even if you’re not out on the road.

• Be on alert for buildups of carbon monoxide, an odorless poison byproduct of natural gas appliances; levels of CO can get especially high in frigid weather when furnaces are constantly running.

• Kerosene and electric space heaters should be kept well away from flammables, particularly fabrics, which can ignite and become a major cause of house fires.

• Keep your water meter and any inside water lines from freezing; line breaks from frozen pipes can cause tremendous damage.

• Clear snow from nearby fire hydrants. The minutes it takes firefighters to excavate a hydrant in front of your house is extra time for a fire in your home to burn freely.

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