Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winter Safety Practices

Tonight’s local forecast predicts temperatures dropping into the mid 20s, which means there is a danger of water pipes freezing and bursting and a chance that customers will use supplemental heating sources, such as space heaters, to stay warm.

MLGW reminds customers to make sure space heaters are positioned away from walls and flammable objects. It is also important for customers not to sleep while a space heater is on.

Water pipes can burst anytime temperatures are below freezing. A burst water pipe or water heater is considered to be an emergency situation and could pose a danger of flooding the building. MLGW asks customers to open cabinet doors and turn both the hot and cold water on to a fast drip to help prevent pipes from freezing. In addition, make sure your inside pipes and outdoor water spigots are insulated.

Cold temperatures also increase the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure that all natural gas appliances, such as your water heater and furnace, are vented outside to prevent carbon monoxide for entering your home. Keep chimneys and flues clear of all debris, and use gas space heaters only according to manufacturer's instructions.

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, seek medical assistance immediately and move the victim, if possible, to a well-ventilated area, then call MLGW's 24-hour emergency number, 528-4465.

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