By Gregg Peterson
Fire Chief, Newaukum Valley Fire and Rescue
My regular fall reminder to everyone, to take a walk around your home and see that all the hoses are disconnected from your faucets and exposed pipes are protected from freezing.
Remember to get the coolant in your car checked for protection against freezing. Check your tires for good tread depth to avoid hydroplaning and check the tire pressures as well.
Lots of repair shops would be more than glad to perform these checks if you cannot.
If you have chains, locate them now and check that they are in good repair. Throw in a cheap flashlight as well as well as a good pair of gloves in the trunk and an old blanket to lay on if you have to change a tire.
A little bit of prevention can save a lot of mess and expenses.
Be sure your furnace is in good working order. Check the filter to see that air moves well through the system. Dirty filters can cause furnaces to overheat and operate less efficiently costing you money.
Last but by no means least, check your smoke detector(s) and carbon monoxide detector(s).
Gregg Peterson, Chief
Lewis County Fire District #5