More Winter Home Safety Tips

The Village of Skokie would like to remind you that as the temperature begins to drop, there are certain steps that you should take to stay safe and warm in your home during the winter. 

  • Weatherproof your home to protect against the cold.
    • Install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Make sure the batteries are working!
    • Have your chimney or flue inspected every year.
    • Insulate walls and attic.
    • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • If power lines are down, call your local utility and emergency services
    • If power lines fall on your car, warn people not to touch the car or power lines.
  • Make sure your car is ready for winter travel.
    • Make a winter emergency kit to keep in your car.
    • Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in tank and fuel lines.
    • Replace worn tires and check tire air pressure.
    • Check antifreeze level and have radiator system serviced.
  • Prepare yourself for exposure to winter weather.
    • Dress warmly and limit exposure to the cold to prevent frostbite.
    • Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater.
    • Avoid getting wet to prevent hypothermia.
    • Check out more tips on winter weather indoor safety.

Never leave lit candles or other flames unattended and be sure to bring your pets indoors as temperatures drop!

In addition, please remember:

  • Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage. Keep portable generators outside away from windows and as far away from your home as possible. 
  • Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven. 
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication and remember the needs of your pets.
  • Keep a safe drinking water supply.

For more information please check the CDC’s website by following this link: Indoor Safety|Winter Weather (