winter

From our house to yours, here are a few quick winter safety reminders for the winter months.

Heaters

  • When no one’s home, turn your thermostat down.
  • Keep all items, especially Christmas trees and gifts, away from the heater.
  • Keeping the area around air vents clear will help prevent a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • Please call your management office if your heater is not working or appears to be malfunctioning in any way. We’ll send a professional out to service the heater, so there’s no need to attempt to clean or fix it yourself.

 

Fire Places

  • Never place a Christmas tree in front of your fireplace.
  • Limit the amount of paper used to build a fire, and never burn charcoal indoors.
  • Keep anything flammable away from your mantel.
  • Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out.
  • Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and could force carbon monoxide into the apartment.
  • If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package.

 

Smoke Detectors

  • Please test your smoke detector by pushing the test button and holding for 10 seconds. If the smoke detector doesn’t work, please call the office immediately so it can be repaired or replaced.

 

Fire Safety

  • CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY if you see or suspect smoke or fire.
  • Keep trash in covered containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Don’t overload circuits or use frayed electrical extension cords.
  • Never run an extension cord under a rug.
  • Make sure all candles are extinguished when you leave the room.
  • Think about escape routes – windows, doors and stairways. Make sure that each family member is familiar with the best route.
  • Work out two escape routes from each room.
  • Pick one person to be responsible for counting heads at a designated place outside the apartment, away from the building.
  • Never go back into the apartment for personal belongings.

 

Watch Your Step

  • In many areas, winter means snowfall and ice forming on outdoor surfaces when temperatures drop, especially overnight. Please, watch your step, drive defensively and be careful carrying Christmas trees and gifts in and out of your apartment.