Sent: 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: http://tinyurl.com/a6o6zm5.
In light of additional snow forecasted again for later this week, the American Red Cross and Unitil, (www.unitil.com<http://www.
“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 www.unitil.com<http://www.
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 redcross.org.
Best wishes for a safe and warm winter!
Major Gifts Officer
American Red Cross of Maine
Thank you for sharing Caroline. Be safe everyone!