Vermont Officials Issue Winter Weather Safety Tips

December 28, 2012

As a winter storm whips across the region, officials in Vermont are issuing winter weather safety tips.

Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Dept. of Commerce
The Burlington Fire Department is urging residents to keep gas meters and appliance vents clear of snow and ice.

Officials say if a vent is blocked, an appliance could malfunction and create a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide.

Officials are reminding people to make sure carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are properly installed. And anyone who smells a gas odor should leave the area and call 911.

Fire officials also suggest shoveling out fire hydrants and building exits so the fire department can find and access them during an emergency.

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