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Winter Weather Tips
February 3, 2022

Winter Weather Tips

Please see below helpful resources for Winter Weather Tips:


Tips to Help Customers Prevent
Winter weather and freezing temperatures are forecasted in your area. Here is some information that can help prevent frozen pipes and keep your customers safe.
• Locate and close the main water shutoff valve as soon as possible and before temperatures rise above freezing.
• Inspect pipes for damage, including those in attics and crawl spaces, where it is safe to do so.
• As temperatures increase above freezing, watch and listen for signs of water leaks.
• If a pipe is leaking, do not turn on the water. Open all faucets including those outside to drain remaining water from pipes and call a licensed plumber for repairs.
• If no leaks are detected, turn water back on slowly. Continue to check for leaks before turning water on completely.
• Never use torches or heat guns to facilitate thawing as these can create fire hazards.

How to decrease hazard risks:
Heating System
• Have a qualified, insured HVAC contractor inspect and maintain your furnace prior to the heating season.
• Limit and control use of space heaters.
• Monitor fuel tank levels.
• Keep heat set at no lower than 55°F.
Water/Piping System
• Ensure interior piping is protected from freezing. Common ways to prevent freezing include properly insulating
throughout the building and attic and maintaining a temperature no lower than 55°F.
• Never use an open flame to thaw pipes.
• Let faucets drip in extreme cold. When water will not be used for several hours, allow indoor faucets to drip
lukewarm water. About one drop per second is usually sufficient.
• Make sure that any cracks and holes in your building’s exterior are sealed.
Fire Prevention
• Do not allow employees to smoke in the building.
• Test all alarms prior to the winter season, including fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), space heaters account for 40% of
home heating fires and 80% of home heating deaths. Proper use of electric space heaters can
reduce the likelihood of property damage and injury.
How to decrease hazard risks:
• Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines.
• Place the space heater at least six feet away from combustible materials.
• Keep a fire extinguisher near each space heater.
• Place the space heater on the floor or at a location with secure footing.
• Perform a pre-operational inspection of the space heater. Check for damage on its parts,
knobs, coils and legs. If any damage is detected, take the space heater out of service
immediately and have it repaired by a professional.
• Ensure that the space heater is plugged into properly grounded outlets. Avoid extension cords.
• Unplug space heaters at the end of each day and make sure the unit has cooled before exiting
the room or jobsite.
• Only use a space heater as a temporary (not permanent) heat source.

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