10 Gorgeous Fall / Autumn Wallpapers
If Autumn is here, that means that winter is around the corner. Is your home ready for winter? Get your home ready for winter the green way by following the tips below.
✔ Install carbon monoxide detectors - Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas. Carbon monoxide results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, such as wood, kerosene, gasoline, charcoal, propane, natural gas, and oil.
✔ Install smoke detectors - Having working smoke detectors in your home is a must. Smoke detectors have been attributed to saving thousands of lives over the past several decades. Install smoke detectors in all bedrooms, hallways, and near your furnace, washing machine and dryer.
✔ Check your detector batteries - It is a good idea to change the batteries in both your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors every year. Since the batteries will probably still have charge in them, use them in a non-critical function, such as in remote controls.
✔ Check your fire extinguisher - Be sure to check your fire extinguishers every autumn to make sure it is functioning properly.
✔ Create an emergency kit - Create an emergency kit for your home that addresses the following possible scenarios: loss of electricity and heating; disruption of water service; and the inability to go to the store for food goods. Include the following in your kit:
- indoor candles, matches or lighter
- a flashlight with fresh batteries
- a radio with fresh batteries
- a 3 day supply of bottled water (for each person)
- an index card with the telephone number of your local utility companies
- a 3 day nonperishable food supply
- blankets and some warm clothing
- dry pet food (if you have a pet)
✔ Have an evacuation plan - Prepare an evacuation plan for your home and make sure that everyone is aware of it. Designate a place outside the house for everyone to gather. Be sure that there are multiple exit points (that are not blocked or barred) from your home.