It's hard to believe that it's been almost a year already when we got over 40 inches of snow in just one night in the Southern Tier. We were expecting around two feet but we ended up with a whole lot more.

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With temperatures in the 40s and in some cases the 50s, it doesn't look like we'll get anything close to that before the new year. In fact, we aren't sure if we'll even have a white Christmas in the Southern Tier.

Even though deep snow isn't a problem now, it's never too early to think about the dangers that high snow can bring. Don't forget that when the winter storms hit, the snow could block your furnace vents

This can cause your furnace to overwork and not run properly or stop it altogether. That's not good for its performance and can give you a higher heating bill...and NO ONE wants that especially as prices continue to rise.

But the other problem it could cause is even worse. The blocked vents from your heating system can keep carbon monoxide in your house and eventually it could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ways To Keep Carbon Monoxide Out Of Your House

Look for circular vented covers, white plastic tubes, or vented boxes that would be coming out of your house. Even if there isn't a lot of snow, it's not a bad idea to check them anyway. With all the wind that we've been getting, it could cause the snow to drift and that could end up plugging the vents as well.

Remember that carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. If you don't have a couple of carbon monoxide detectors in your home, then give yourself and your family an early Christmas gift and get a couple of them today.

CDC Tips To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you are looking for ways to try and keep carbon monoxide out of your home, the CDC has some things that you can do to try and prevent it. If you feel like you have a carbon monoxide leak, it's better to be safe than sorry. Open your doors and windows and GET OUT OF THE HOUSE, especially if you aren't feeling well.

It's also not a bad idea to have a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company that you trust, do a furnace (or chimney) check for you.

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