20 Dec Winter Solstice
We can’t believe it, but the year has flown by yet again and it’s now the shortest day of the year. Long nights and colder weather can lead to many risks for us all. At Sava, we wanted to share some useful reminders for staying safe at this time of year.
When it’s cold out…
- Remember to have your furnace and other heating equipment serviced and cleaned.
- Use caution with both fireplaces & space heaters.
- Make sure your property is properly winterized.
- Keep your walkways & driveways clear of snow and ice.
- Check for ice dams and icicles, and safely remove them if you find them.
- Drive slowly, especially in adverse conditions. Avoid driving on the roads in poor conditions whenever you can.
- Consider putting on winter tires.
When it’s dark out…
- Make sure your walkways & driveway is well lit.
- Always use your headlights:
- Half an hour before sunset & after sunrise (CT State Law)
- During poor weather
- During insufficient light conditions
- When visibility is < 500 ft.
- Obey traffic laws & drive with caution.
- Remember: low light + sleepy people = a potentially bad combination!
- If you lose power, use flashlights rather than candles, and never walk with a lit candle. See our other candle safety tips, here!
For many of us, the winter solstice can be a bit of a bummer, but thankfully, each day from now on will have more and more sunlight! Look on the bright side and stay safe until then!