Keeping You and Your House Safe in Extreme Cold

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 4:24pm

  • Know the location of your water shut off valve.
  • Make sure your storm windows are closed and primary windows are closed completely.
  • Keep kitchen sink and similar cabinet doors open.
  • Make sure your fireplace flue is closed if you are not using it.
  • Close window coverings especially at night.
  • Run a small stream of water if your water temperature is near 35 degrees at a faucet.
  • Check and replace your furnace filter if dirty.
  • Keep heat ducts and cold air returns clear to aid air movement
  • If you have plastic furnace vents on the side of the house, keep them clear of snow and ice.
  • Do not use your gas or electric oven for space heating.
  • Un-vented appliances such as kerosene heaters are not legal for use in homes or apartments.
  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.
  • Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible toxic gas. Be alert for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, nausea, stomach pain, dizziness or burning in the eyes and nose. If you suspect carbon monoxide, open doors and windows immediately. Then leave the area and contact a heating contractor to evaluate and repair the faulty appliance. If someone is seriously ill or unconscious, call 911.
  • If you smell a persistent odor of natural gas:
    • Open windows.
    • Do not flip light switches or use the telephone.
    • Go to another location and call MGE at 252-1111 or Alliant at 1-800-862-6263
  • Do not use electric space heaters in bathrooms or other areas near water.
  • Do not overload outlets or extension cords used for electric space heaters. Do not run extension cords underrugs or across walking areas.
  • Do not store or use flammable liquids near appliances with open flames such as water heaters, furnaces and stoves.
  • Burn wood safely. Dispose of ash safely outside.
  • Do not use open flame (torches) to thaw frozen pipes.
  • Madison Water Utility after hours emergency number. (608) 266-4665. If you cannot shut your water off.


  • Katie Crawley608-266-4611