Gary’s Winter Safety Tips
The first things that come to mind are the batteries in the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. Be sure they are present and fresh.
Wherever water and electrical receptacles are in close proximity the circuits are protected by ground fault circuit interrupters. (GFCI) They should be tested by pushing the test and reset buttons on the GFCI to be sure they are working properly to keep you safe.
As far as the heating system is concerned, a major aspect of the annual maintenance is to check the safety limits and burners for proper operation.
Wood burning fireplace chimneys need to be checked and cleaned of soot and creosote buildup.
Clothes dryer vents should be checked for a buildup of lint. If drying times are getting longer, it means the vent may be getting restricted and not allowing the proper airflow through the appliance.
Basement floor drains can let deadly sewer gas into the basement if there is no water in their traps. Pour some water down the floor drain every few months to be sure gas will not come out of them. The same goes for that long neglected basement bathroom sink and toilet. They need water in the drain pipes.
As the outside temps go lower and we warm up the car before driving away, be sure to park it outside of the garage with the garage door closed to avoid carbon monoxide entering the house.