Residents encouraged to make sure their homes are ready for winter cold

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With temperatures finally dipping to their seasonal norms, officials at the city of Brighton encouraged residents to make sure their homes and vehicles are winterized to prevent costly emergencies related to the weather.

    Officials offer the following checklist to use to prepare for the approaching winter:
     1. Furnace.  Have your furnace cleaned and serviced and change the filter. Make sure nothing flammable is in the vicinity of the furnace.
    2. Sprinkler Systems. Blow out your sprinkler lines and shut down your sprinkler system for the winter. Also unhook the hoses from the faucets on the outside of your home.
    3. Clean Gutters & Downspouts. Moisture is on the way and clogged gutters and downspouts will cause freezing which could result in roof damage. This can also cause large icicles to form over doorways which could be very dangerous.
    4. Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning. Cold winter days and nights = cozy fires burning in the fireplaces. Now is a good time to call for a chimney sweep to make sure the chimney is free of debris which might otherwise ignite.
    5. Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors. With the house closed up for the winter, you want to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly  (it’s great to do this when you change your clocks twice a year).
    6. Thermostat. If you have a vacant property or vacation plans, make sure to leave the thermostat set to 55 degrees to prevent frozen pipes.
    7. Fire Extinguishers. Make sure your fire extinguishers are fully charged. Too often, folks with space heaters start fires that quickly get out of control
    8. Automobile Safety. This is a good time to check the pressure in your tires and make sure the windshield washer fluid is filled up. You should also always maintain a half tank of gas, as you never know how Colorado weather can change throughout the day!
    9. Vehicle Emergency Kit. As Coloradans, we know there is always a chance of being stranded in our cars due to weather conditions. Even if you already have your vehicle emergency kit, take a look at it to make sure it’s up to date and fully stocked before each winter. Items you should have include: Shovel, windshield scrapper and small broom, flashlight with extra batteries, battery-powered radio, water and snack food, matches, extra winter clothing, a first aid kit with pocket knife, extra medication (if necessary), blankets, tow chain or rope, road salt and sand (and/or kitty litter or dirt), jumper cables, emergency flares and a fluorescent distress flag or fabric.
    To find more information on winter preparedness or what to do during a winter emergency go to: www.ready.gov/winter-weather.