Fire department offers tips for handling cold weather problems
December 7, 2005
The recent combination of cold temperatures and heavy snow has made getting around in Summit County more of a challenge than normal. Additionally, the increased number of visitors to the county, on top of the cold weather has resulted in a number of burst pipes and winter weather related problems for many residents and visitors to Summit County. Lake Dillon Fire Authority offers some suggestions and guidelines to help everyone avoid these problems:- Property managers and homeowners should keep their hydrants clear of snow and accessible in case of an emergency.- Make sure thermostats are set properly to prevent freeze-ups of fire sprinkler systems and water service, especially in those buildings that are seasonally occupied or vacant. The recommended temperature for daily/year-round residents is a minimum of 65 degrees. For seasonally occupied or vacant units, homeowners are recommended to keep a minimum of 58 degrees.- All homeowners should keep their garage doors shut to help prevent large heat loss.- Hot water heaters, fireplaces and furnaces should be serviced on a yearly basis, especially before winter arrives.- Fire sprinkler systems that use anti-freeze, should be checked for the correct mixture every year.- Check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.- Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.- Have a contractor check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow. – Remove ice and snow from tree limbs, roof and other structures after the storm passes. – Heating appliances in mechanical closets, sprinkler control valve rooms and crawl spaces should be checked. For more information, contact Rachel Flood at Lake Dillon Fire Authority at (970) 513-4201 or log on to http://www.homesafetycouncil.org.