Stay safe when heating rooms in your home. Local fire departments report an uptick in families using space heaters to keep rooms warm. Be caution when using space heaters, not to cover them with flammable material, urges Portland Fire and Rescue.
Alternative sources of fuel or electricity for heating or cooking can cause carbon monoxide to build up — in a home, garage, or camper — and to poison the people and animals inside. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. If you suspect someone has been poisoned by carbon monoxide, get to fresh air immediately, and call 9-1-1.
Learn these safe home heating tips:
Install a carbon monoxide detector
Test your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms
Have any furnace or chimney inspected and serviced by a professional
Never use the oven to heat the home
Don’t leave fires unattended
Turn off space heaters when you leave
If you smell gas, leave and call the gas company or fire department.
Multnomah County also offers a weatherization program for families struggling to make ends meet who want to make their homes more energy efficient or to have a furnace inspected.
Property owners or tenants are responsible for shoveling the snow and removing ice from in front of their homes and businesses.
Check in with neighbors who might need a hand. Some elderly home owners or people with disabilities may have physical challenges or risk injury in the snow and ice.
Keep trees trimmed away from your home. These could break during wind storms or under heavy snow or ice and could damage your home.
Report downed trees to the city where you live. In Portland dial 503-823-T-R-E-E
There’s no substitute for a ladder
Use ladders with slip-resistant feet
Straight ladders should rest one foot away from the wall for every four feet of height
Wear slip-resistant shoes
Keep your hips between the side rails and do not lean too far
Stay below the top two rungs
When the lights go out
After a storm, avoid walking near downed or low-hanging power lines. And when the lights go out, here's who to call: