Indoor Winter Safety

Thursday, November 17:  Indoor Winter Safety

Tips to Winterize Your Home both inside and outside with picture of house

Carbon Monoxide - Deadly Winter Hazard

Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at any time of the year, but the danger is greater during the winter when doors and windows stay closed and fireplaces, gas heaters, or other fuel burning appliances are in use. In addition, people can also be exposed to deadly CO levels when “warming up” their cars in garages or keeping them running when stuck in snow.

Signs and Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (PDF)

To view data for CO poisonings in Minnesota, including hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths go to:   Minnesota Public Health Data Access - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Consumer Project Safety Commissioner (CPSC):  How to Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

There are some simple steps homeowners can take to protect themselves against two potential killers: carbon monoxide and the toxic smoke associated with fire.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms Fact Sheet (PDF)

Alternative Heating Fact Sheet


Video:  Be aware of radon hazards in your home

Protect Your Home from Radon


Several factors lead to increased concerns about mold during the winter months. Moisture conditions indoors can lead to the growth of molds and mildews. While forced air heating systems make indoor air drier overall during the winter months, certain areas of the home may experience intensified levels of humidity because of a lack of ventilation.

Preventing Mold in Your Home

Chemical and Environmental Exposure

As the winter months arrive, and people begin spending more time indoors, indoor air quality becomes a greater health concern - especially for children. Some of the more important health hazards associated with indoor air quality are the potential for extended exposure to lead, asbestos or other types of environmental hazards in a home - especially during renovation and remodeling activities.

Preventing Asbestos Exposure in the Home

Preventing Lead Poisoning in the Home

After The Winter Storm - Power Outage Tips