#PSEGTips: Fall Safety Tips

Ole’ man winter is coming: 9 electric and gas tips to prepare and stay safe

As the colder weather takes you from playing outdoors to playing indoors, remember these important safety tips.

tw_8wintersafe_tip1 1. Test smoke AND carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly and have fresh batteries.
 tw_8wintersafe_tip2 2. Check that furnace before you need it! Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can result from a malfunctioning heating unit or another fuel-burning appliance, as well as from a blocked chimney.
tw_8wintersafe_tip3 3. Cold, but not cold enough to turn the heat on? Use extra caution when using space heaters. Place a space heater on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable (such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs) at least three feet away from the unit. And DON’T FORGET to TURN OFF the space heater before leaving or going to bed.
 tw_8wintersafe_tip4 4. Check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts immediately
 tw_8wintersafe_tip5 5. Unplug and safely store battery chargers that won’t be in use again until spring.
 tw_8wintersafe_tip6 6. Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
 tw_8wintersafe_tip7 7. Only use weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Make sure electrical equipment that has been wet is inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer.
 tw_8wintersafe_tip8 8. Use and electric blanket? Make sure they are in good repair and certified by an independent testing lab, and ensure power cords are not frayed, cracked or cut. In addition, do not tuck your electric blanket under mattresses or children; do not put anything, such as comforters or bedspreads, on top of the blanket while it is in use; and never allow pets to sleep on an electric blanket.
tw_clogged_gutter 9. Cleaning the leaves out of your gutters? Make sure to always look up and stay clear of overhead power lines.