Safety Tips for January, from the Pagosa Fire District

Another beautiful new year is upon us here in Pagosa Springs! In order to make this year a safe one, follow these tips:

Check you smoke detectors
Now is the time to check your smoke detectors to ensure they are in good working order. A monthly check involves testing the battery by pushing the test button. January is a good time for your yearly check. Check the date on your smoke detector; they are good for 10 years. Make sure to clean / dust your detector to keep it working its best.

Keep extra supplies at home
Potential winter storms don’t have to be a struggle, if you are prepared. Keep extra batteries for flashlights in case of power outages. Stock the pantry with extra non-perishable food items in case bad weather prevents you from leaving the house for a few days. Only use approved indoor heating devices; never use heating devices that produce carbon monoxide (propane heaters).

Check on neighbors
The winter months can be a challenging time for some. Checking on a neighbor can really go a long way to ensure their safety and well-being. Helping to clear snow and ice from an elderly neighbor’s walkway might be the difference between a trip to get the mail and a trip to the hospital. Show your Pagosa pride and check one those around you this winter.

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Megan Macht

Megan Macht is Public Information Officer for the Pagosa Fire Protection District.