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Digging out, staying safe

Updated: 02/05/2018

Some say the Jan. 22 snowstorm dropped the most snow on the Twin Cities in seven years. 

When we get the pleasure of living through a heavy snowfall or recent below-zero temperatures, we usually want to get our sidewalks and driveways cleared so we can get back inside our warm abodes as fast as possible.

But did you know there may be a killer waiting inside for you? You cannot see, hear or smell this killer. It's invisible, has no sound nor any smell. 

The killer I am talking about is carbon monoxide. 

Your furnace and water heater vents vent outside your home, but with cold, snowy weather, these vents can get clogged by frost build-up or blowing snow. To eliminate this killer, make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working and, while outside, check those vents to make sure they are not clogged with frost and snow. 

If you have a gas or solid fuel burning device (fireplace, wood stove, pellet stove, etc.) take a look at its vent, as well. This can be another source of carbon monoxide.

If you do have an emergency, it's important to ensure your house numbers are visible to first responders. House numbers should be at least four inches in height, be a contrasting color to what they are attached to and be visible from the street. It is also a good idea to have them near the front entrance of your home. So, please check those numbers. The UPS driver will appreciate this, too, and hopefully, your packages will get delivered on time.  

Until next time, have a safe winter.