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Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter; Take These Steps for Your HomeStaying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.Check your heating systems.-Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.-Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.-If you do not have a working smoke detector, install one. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.-Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.-Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies. Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring. Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.