American_Red_CrossSent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:07 PM
Subject: Red Cross reminds you

Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and deadly. With tips from the American Red Cross, learn how to keep you and your family safe:
In light of additional snow forecasted again for later this week, the American Red Cross and Unitil, (<>), a provider of natural gas and electricity to customers in New England, are urging residents to make sure vents and meters remain clear of snow and ice around your home or business.
“One of the dangers brought by all the snow is the potential to block the vents of heating units,” Larry French, a disaster program manager for the American Red Cross said. “This could cause the system to shut down, or in a worst-case scenario, your home could fill with deadly carbon monoxide.”
As snow accumulates, Unitil and the Red Cross advise customers to take the following steps:
* Remove snow and ice carefully from a meter or outdoor appliance vent carefully with a broom. Do not use a shovel as it can damage the meter.
* Avoid shoveling or plowing snow up against or covering the meter or pipe.
* Remove icicles from overhead eaves and gutters to assure dripping water does not freeze the meter or vent pipe. Contact a qualified roofing vendor if you cannot reach icicles yourself.
* Do not kick your gas meter in an attempt to break ice off, as this too can cause damage.
For additional advice on preparing for severe winter weather, visit<> or<>.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit
Best wishes for a safe and warm winter!
Caroline King
Major Gifts Officer
American Red Cross of Maine


Thank you for sharing Caroline. Be safe everyone!