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Indoor Winter Safety

winter-home-web.jpgListed below are some common winter safety concerns along with information and tips on how to avoid them and keep your home warm, dry and safe all winter long.

Winter Safety Checklist:  For Your Home

WInter Safety Checklist:  After A Storm

Carbon Monoxide - The Deadly Winter Hazard

 
Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at any time of the year, but the danger is greater during the winter when doors and windows stay closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. In addition, people can also be exposed to deadly CO levels when “warming up” their cars in garages or keeping them running when stuck in snow.
 
To view data for CO poisonings in Minnesota, including hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths go to:  Minnesota Public Health Data Access: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
 
 
Learn how researchers have proven that Carbon Monoxide gas can pass through walls and the importance of having CO alarms, even if no source of the lethal gas is in the home itself.
 
 
 
 

Mold

Several factors lead to increased concerns about mold during the winter months. Moisture conditions indoors can lead to the growth of molds and mildews. While forced air heating systems make indoor air drier overall during the winter months, certain areas of the home may experience intensified levels of humidity because of a lack of ventilation.
 
 

Chemical and Environmental Exposure

As the winter months arrive, and people begin spending more time indoors, indoor air quality becomes a greater health concern - especially for children. Some of the more important health hazards associated with indoor air quality are the potential for extended exposure to lead, asbestos or other types of environmental hazards in a home - especially during renovation and remodeling activities.
 

Fact Sheet:  Preventing Asbestos Exposure in the Home

Fact Sheet:  Preventing Lead Poisoning In The Home

Radon

Video:  Be aware of radon hazards in your home.

Fact Sheet:  Protect Your Home from Radon