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a’" PAGE 20 14,2016 Winter weather months prompt heatingand carbon monoxide safety warnings Heating fires are a leading cause of U.S. home fire deaths With the winter months upon us, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is remind- ing homeowners about the fire dangers associated with heating equipment. Improper use of such equipment like portable or sta- tionary space heaters, wood burn- ing stoves and fireplaces can be incredibly dangerous, and their misuse is a leading cause of U.S. home fire deaths. According to NFPA, half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. More than half of the home heat- ing fire deaths resulted from fires that started when something that could burn, like upholstered fur- niture, clothing, blankets and bedding, was too close to heating equipment. During the colder months there is also an increased risk of car- bon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Fuel-burning equipment, includ- ing vehicles and generators run- ning in an attached garage, can produce dangerous levels of CO and should be vented to the out- side to avoid it from building up in your home. In a 2012 NFPA report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon mon- oxide was found, or an average of nine such calls per hour in 2010. The number of incidents jumped 96 percent from 40,900 incidents distance from the home. reported in 2003. This surge, • If you need to warm a vehicle, according to NFPA, is most likely remove it from the garage imme- because of the increased use of CO diately after starting it. Do not run detectors, which alert people to a vehicle or other fueled engine the presence of CO. or motor indoors, even if garage Some heating equipment doors are open. Make sure the requires proper installation to exhaust pipe of a running vehicle reduce the risk of fire injuries, is not covered with snow. When installing wood burning • During and after a snowstorm stoves or gas heaters, NFPA recom- make sure vents for the dryer, fur- mends following the manufactur- nace, stove and fireplace are clear er's instructions or having a pro- of snow build-up. fessional perform the installation. • Test smoke alarms and CO Installing and maintaining CO alarms monthly. Properly main- alarms can also help reduce the tained alarms can save lives in the risk of carbon monoxide poison- event of a fire. ing. If you smell gas in your gas Find additional resources heater or other appliance, do not including tips sheets, videos, light it. Leave the home imme- reports and more about heating diately and call your local fire safety and carbon monoxide by department or gas company, visiting NFPA's website. To ensure a safe and cozy win- About the National Fire ter this year, NFPA offers some Protection Association (NFPA) easy tipsto follow: Founded in 1896, NFPA is a • Use your oven to cook food global, nonprofit organization only. Never use it to heat your devoted to eliminating death, home. injury, property and economic loss • Hire a qualified professional due to fire, electrical and related to clean and inspect heating hazards. The association deliv- equipment and chimneys every ers information and knowledge year. through more than 300 consen- • Turn portable heaters offsus codes and standards, research, when leaving the room or going to training, education, outreach and bed. advocacy; and by partnering with • Place a sturdy screen in front others who share an interest in of your fireplace to prevent sparks furthering the NFPA mission. For from flying into the room, and more information visit www.nfpa. burn only dry, seasoned wood. org. All NFPA codes and standards Allow ashes to cool before dispos- can be viewed online for free at ing them in a metal container, and ensure that they are kept a safe P ! !w qCDecemlb , Harv t Bank hdd its lltk amuml Hol/&rj Retm Banker Paul ae Kllanowski l tdy Mau of gimball with Harvest Banker Keith Markwardt uarn eank debit euy to we easy to am3e Corn/rig soon, Harvest Bank deb/t cards tt th chlp technology for ?/our -ut/ty! *Monitor youx account with the flee Shanln" Bolts appl - ball St. Augusta Atwater 398-3500 251-6100 974-8861 "" www.harvestbankmn Kandiyohi 382-6100 coin Winter is a time great to prune trees an a i nt if your pre. Winter is the best time to child Kimball School prune trees to keep them healthy D ct has yet been screened and protect them from disease, or have anappointment. The according to the Minnesota DepartmentofNaturalResources. scheduled day is Friday, Jan. 15. "Pruning trees when they are Screening is done in the Kimball dormant is a way to protect them munity Ed, Building Oust west from diseases such as oak wilt or Dutch elm disease that are active during the growing season," said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR for- estry outreach specialist. "Also, it is easier to see which branches to remove when there are no leaves on a tree." Additionally, pruning in win- ter allows the tree to begin seal- ing the wound immediately at the start of the growing season. This decreases the amount of sap flow and provides a longer healing period. Trees should be pruned when they are young because: • Small branches create small wounds that will heal quickly. • Defective branches are easier to spot on smaller trees. • Most branches can be reached while keeping both feet on the ground. Visit caring-pruning.html, for informa- tion on best pruning practices, step-by-step instructions and to watch videos on how to prune trees. Common pruning mistakes include cutting branches flush to the trunk, leaving a branch stub, and nicking and ripping the tree's bark. All of these situations lead to rot inside the tree and are likely to create a hazardous tree that is costly to remove. Teegarden recommends hiring a certified arborist to prune trees for both safety and a tree's health. Professional tree experts are trained to use best pruning prac- tices that will keep trees healthy and looking good. Arborists can identify branches that have prob- lems and ones that could be a future hazard. A little investment into trees when they're young can lead to beautiful trees that help cool homes in the summer, block them from winter winds and add char- acter and property value. of the week Q: Can I harvest firewood from state forests to heat my home? A: Yes. To harvest firewood from a state forest for personal use to heat your home, you can get a fuelwood permit from your local DNR forestry office. Firewood harvesting is generally limited to cutting only dead wood that is already lying on the ground in designated areas of the forest. Fuelwood permits can be issued for up to 12 cords of wood each year per household for personal use only, and range in cost from $25 to $45. Availability of fuelwood per- mits can vary depending on demand and location, so it's a good idea to check with a forestry office ahead of time to see what oppor- tunities there are. Office locations are available on the DNR web- site at www'dnr'state'mn'us/areas/ forestry~index, html. of the elementary school). Kimball hosts EV-W Friday, Jan. 15, Kimball will host EV-W boys' basketball to continue the neighborly rivalry. A"Cheer for a Cure" event is being planned for this game (see page 1). Youth snowmobile safety class Jan. 16 The Central Lakes Snow- mobile Club is offering a Youth Snowmobile Safety Class, if you're interested in getting your snowmobile certificate, please call Flash at (320) 764-2465, Class is Saturday, Jan.16, 2016. You need to call Flash to get on the list and get your CD to study from it. The young people do all the studying at home, but they need to show up Saturday, Jan. 16, to do the written test and driving test; Next year the price is going up dramatically because of the changes in the program, So beat the price hike. Any other questions or comments about the snowmobile club/trails call Nick Vossen at (320) 292-0090. VA town hall meeting All veterans served by the St. Cloud VA Health Care System are invited to participate in a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Auditorium (Building 8) at theSL Cloud VA Medical Center. ............ Bloodmobile coming Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Eden Valley-Watkins High School cafeteria. Blood is needed at this time of year more than ever, so please consider donating the gift of life. Feb. 5 election A special election has been scheduled for ISD #739 (Kimball School District) for FRIDAY, Feb. 5, from 1-8 p.m. in the KAHS cafeteria. Absentee ballots are already available (see page 13), if needed. There will be an informational meeting in thecafetorium at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, with facility tours following the meeting. Watch your mail for mere information and, naturally, here in the Tri- County News. Kimball Expo is April 2 The 13th annual Kimball Business & Community Expo will be Saturday, April 2, at KAHS. Upcoming benefits • Jan. 15,"Cheer for a Cure" at EV-W Kimball boys' basketball • Jan. 16, Wild Game Dinner at Lake Union Covenant Church (South Haven) • Jan. 17, Wat:Kim-Valley VFW Breakfast for EV-W Boy Scouts • Jan. 29, Spaghetti supper at Kingston Apostolic Lutheran • Jan. 29, EV-W Music Dept. chili supper, at EV-W H,S. cafeteria • Feb. 6, Holy Cross chili & soup cook-off (Marry) • Feb. 16,"Cheer for a Cure" at Kimball vs. EV-W boys' basketball • Feb.21, Benefit for Ufe bake sale and luncheon, at Assumption Church (Eden Valley) .....