Snow and Ice

What we do during severe winter conditions can create certain environmental problems, indoors or out. Learn more about reducing risks when severe snow or ice is forecast.

  • What homeowners can do - gasoline-powered generators provide emergency electricity, but generators also release deadly carbon monoxide (CO).
  • What municipalities and airports can do - deicing chemicals improve safe transportation on roads or airplanes, but mis-used chemicals can also contaminate waterways or drinking water sources. 

Around your home:

People get sick or die each year from carbon monoxide or "CO" poisoning due to unsafe use of generators.

  • ALERT: Generator exhaust is toxic. Always put generators outside well away from doors, windows, and vents. Never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas. Carbon monoxide (CO) is deadly, can build up quickly, and linger for hours. More information.
  • Never try to heat your home using a "combustion appliances" like a gas stove, oven, barbeque grill, or dryer. Never operate any gas-burning heater or other appliance in a poorly vented or closed room, or where you are sleeping.
  • Listen: Public Service Announcement about carbon monoxide
  • en español: Proteja su vida y la de su familia: Evite el envenenamiento con monóxido de carbono (español) - conozca los síntomas del envenenamiento con monóxido de carbono. | Más: Tormentas de nieve y hielo

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For communities, municipalities, or airports:



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