7 Things to know: Preparing home for very cold weather

Dr. Sapna Parikh has the details.
January 6, 2014 7:14:01 AM PST
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

1) Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.

2) Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.

3) Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly.

4) Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.

5) Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.

6) Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries regularly.

7) Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, and disorientation.

(Information provided by the Center for Disease Control)

MORE: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WinterWeather/index.html