I debated posting suggestions for what to do in the aftermath of a storm a few days ago. But then realized that if you don't have power, I don't think you'd be reading my blog. I think checking out the electric company's website on your smartphone would be what most folks would be doing.
In the aftermath of the storm there have been several Carbon Monoxide emergencies. Last winter I wrote Have you had your heating system inspected lately? Today I thought I'd give you a list of ways to NOT heat your home when you do not have power. Keep in mind this list is not all-inclusive nor do I claim to have any personal experience with any of these.
- Heating your house with a generator running in a closed space (like a garage) is NOT a good idea.
- Heating your house with your gas oven that you use to cook with is NOT a good idea.
- Heating your house with a fire in a fireplace that you haven't used in perhaps a decade or two is NOT a good idea. Get it professionally cleaned & inspected and then you can use it.
- Heating your house with gas appliances that are not vented to the outside is NOT a good idea.