Burlington, VT (PRWEB) March 26, 2013
When people think of Vermont in the winter, they often picture pristine snow blanketing the woods, enticing residents to venture out with skis, sleds, snowboards, sleighs, and snowshoes. However, locals, who often take pride in surviving weather conditions that people in warm climates cannot even fathom, know that Vermont winters can also mean harsh, brutally bone-numbing, freezing conditions that can be dangerous at times. “Vermont winters can be beautiful; however, with our extreme winters that can drop significant amounts of snowfall quickly, there are also some winter storm safety tips local residents must keep in mind,” says David Smith, owner of Top Notch Roofing.
In fact, the Burlington Fire Department and the Vermont Division of Fire Safety have both posted winter storm safety tips on their websites to remind the public of key life safety measures. Of course, Vermont residents should make sure a home is protected with working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. In addition, they offer the following recommendations:
- Keep gas meters and appliance vents clear of snow and ice. Officials say if a vent is obstructed, an appliance may malfunction and create a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. Snow and ice accumulation may impede emergency access to gas meters and interfere with equipment operation.
- Homeowners are also advised to monitor snow buildup on the roofs of their home and any other external buildings like sheds and barns to avoid a collapse.
- Make sure fire hydrants are clear of snow, at least three feet in all directions with a two foot path leading to the hydrant, so the fire department can readily find and access them during an emergency. Fire escapes, back doors, and other exits should also be kept clear of snow and ice.
- Protect gas meters from falling ice and snow which can damage meters and piping.
For those residents who are unable to safely remove snow and ice accumulations, the Vermont Division of Fire Safety recommends contacting a qualified roofing contractor for safe removal. Top Notch Roofing, Inc. has been serving Vermont for more than 13 years and their reliable, professional staff is ready and eager to assist homeowners and business owners keep their property safe and accessible this winter. Their company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and has recently received the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award for achieving and maintaining a superior service rating throughout the year.
About Top Notch Roofing
Top Notch Roofing Inc. has been serving Vermont since 1999. Owner David Smith has over 18 years of experience and their team consists of clean, responsible, safe, skilled and trustworthy employees. Top Notch Roofing is a professional company and has become a success through their high standards and craftsmanship. Their services include installation of roofing, siding, carpentry, windows, and ice and snow removal. This company’s commitment to service, products, and customers has earned them an excellent reputation as roofing contractors. They serve Milton, Burlington, St. Albans, Barre, Essex, Chittenden County and Franklin County as well as parts of Lamoille, Addison, Washington, and Caledonia Counties.