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Snow and Ice

ALWAYS CALL 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.

What we do during severe winter conditions and cold can create certain environmental problems, indoors or out. Learn more about reducing risks when severe snow or ice, or cold is forecast.

  • What homeowners can do - gasoline-powered generators provide emergency electricity, but generators also release deadly carbon monoxide (CO).
  • What municipalities and airports can do - deicing chemicals improve safe transportation on roads or airplanes, but mis-used chemicals can also contaminate waterways or drinking water sources. 

Around your home:

People get sick or die each year from carbon monoxide or "CO" poisoning due to unsafe use of generators or combustion appliances.

  • ALERT: Generator exhaust is toxic. Always put generators outside well away from doors, windows, and vents. Never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas. Carbon monoxide (CO) is deadly, can build up quickly, and linger for hours. More information.
  • Never try to heat your home using a "combustion appliance" such as a gas stove, oven, barbeque grill, or dryer. Never operate any gas-burning heater or other appliance in a poorly vented or closed room, or where you are sleeping.
  • Listen: Public Service Announcement about carbon monoxide
  • en español: Proteja su vida y la de su familia: Evite el envenenamiento con monóxido de carbono (español) - conozca los síntomas del envenenamiento con monóxido de carbono. | Más: Tormentas de nieve y hielo
Burnwise for safer fires. Whether you use a fireplace or a wood stove, learn before you burn. Burn the right wood, the right way, in the right appliance.

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For communities, municipalities, or airports:



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