Snow can be lethal

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

Snow can be deadly, if it blocks es­cape routes, plugs stove vents or ob­scures ad­dress mark­ers.

Ac­cu­mu­la­tion on build­ings can also take its toll, as some farm­ers have learned lately.

Mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties are re­mind­ing res­i­dents to be aware of po­ten­tial sea­sonal safety hazards.

The South Glen­garry fire depart­ment re­minds peo­ple to en­sure that fur­nace vents are not ob­structed. The ac­cu­mu­la­tion of snow can cause vents to be­come blocked, and cause car­bon monox­ide to en­ter the home.

Also if you have a fuel-burn­ing ap­pli­ance, you are re­quired to have a work­ing CO alarm.

Es­cape routes

Also you still re­quire two ways out of your home. Check snow ac­cu­mu­la­tion around sec­ondary exit doors. All sec­ondary exit doors and out­door stair­ways should re­main free of snow so that in the event of a fire, the exit isn't blocked. Do you have two ways out?

Civic num­bers

The depart­ment also wants peo­ple to do an iden­tity ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

As you drive around the coun­try­side, try to

read your neigh­bours’ civic num­bers and com­pare them to yours.

If you can not read yours, get out your shov­els and see that it can be eas­ily ob­served by emer­gency re­sponse agen­cies.

“Please help us help you,” says the depart­ment.

BE SEEN: Civic num­bers are ef­fec­tive when they can be eas­ily seen.

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