– Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:


Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters

sleeping bags

– Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area.

– Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.

– Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.

– Never leave children unattended near a space heater.

– Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.

– Have the following safety equipment:


Chemical fire extinguisher
Smoke alarm in working order
Carbon monoxide detector

Smoke alarm

– Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

– Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet.

– Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.

– Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in other appliances.