Cronomer Valley FD has been busy with CO alarms, motor vehicle accidents, and public service calls in the start of 2021. Our number of alarms has decreased significantly and we thank you for your prevention efforts. When winter weather brings extreme temperature changes, it also can reek havoc on roads, homes and people. We can plan for these weather extremes just as we prevent fires.
Roadways in the northeast take a beating. Moisture under the road freezes and creates potholes, poor drainage and icing conditions. Drive defensively watching for changes in temperature that may cause black ice. Watch out for pot holes that can damage your vehicle. Leave extra time to get to your destination and clear off your windshield completely.
Prepare your home for winter by having your furnace serviced, gutters cleaned to prevent ice buildup and backups into the roof, and keep those portable heaters at least 3 feet from things that can burn. CO alarms should be changed after 5 years. Smoke detectors should be replaced after 10years. Extreme temperature changes can effect electrical wiring as seen in this photo. The red lug had broken off and shorted out inside the meter box. Luckily the occupant noticed the meter box smoking. If you notice the lights flickering frequently and higher than normal electric bills, have an electrician check out your wiring.
In addition to social distancing and washing our hands, we must protect ourselves from the cold temperatures. Dress in layers to prevent hypothermia and frost bite. Watch out for older people who are more susceptible to cold related illnesses. Once again thanks for all your prevention efforts and we look forward to a better year in 2021.