Thursday, October 6, 2011

October Safety tips

Here are some items to check during the month of October
Fire· Replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. A working smoke alarm should be placed on every level of the home and every bedroom.
· Test detectors monthly to make sure that they are working properly.
· Replace detectors that are 10 or more years old.
· Discuss with your family fire safety, your emergency escape and meeting place plan.
· You might even try a drill.
· Have your home heating system tested for proper operation and CO2 (carbon monoxide) at safe levels. Every home should have a carbon monoxide alarm near every sleeping area.
· Replace or clean (if cleanable) forced air furnace air filters.
· Visually check fire extinguisher pressure. Replace unit if pressure is low.
Auto safety checks
Ready your vehicle for winter
· Check all fluids, oil, coolant and windshield washer, replace as required.
Check tire pressure when tires are cold, Inflate tires to the recommended pressure.
· Properly inflated tires will increase traction, fuel mileage, and will wear longer.
· Replace windshield wiper blades.
· Purchase a good window scraper/brush.
· Replace tires, belts and hoses as needed.
· Get an engine tune up.
· Check battery and clean terminals.
· Pack an emergency safety kit for the trunk.
Blanket, Extra clothing, gloves, hat, Snack food,
Jumper cables, Small shovel
Flashlight with new batteries
Kitty litter or ice bite for emergency traction
Prepare yourself for winter driving
· Start out a little earlier for your trip.
· Slow down.
· Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front.
· Stay calm, watch for ice and slippery conditions.


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