​Holiday Closing: all county offices are closed Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday, and will re-open Tuesday, May 31. This includes parks offices, public works, courts and all other administrative offices.

Winter Safety

Each year in the United States, 240,000 home fires happen during the winter.

Here are some tips to help keep you safe when the temperature drops:

  • Have your furnace checked once a year by a qualified serviceman
  • Keep dust and trash away from the furnace area
  • Keep children away from space heaters
  • Make sure space heaters shut off when they tip over
  • Do not use space heaters around explosive or combustible materials, like those found in a garage
  • Keep curtains and blankets away from heaters.
  • Have your chimneys inspected and cleaned by a professional yearly
  • Have the flue of your wood burning stove checked once a year by a professional
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy
  • Do not burn building materials including plywood, treated lumber and paneling. These release toxic gases when burned
  • Keep the draft open wide when burning
  • Install a spark shield around the chimney
  • If you want to keep the door open to your wood-burning stove, always use a fireplace screen or glass door
  • Clean the ashes out of your wood-burning stove or fireplace regularly
Holiday Safety

Lights & Candles

  • Throw away sets of lights that have frayed cords or loose sockets
  • Don't overload circuits
  • Don't run extension cords under carpets
  • Never use electric lights on metal Christmas trees

Christmas Trees

  • Don't buy a tree that is shedding needles
  • Cut the tree trunk at an angle
  • Place the tree in a deep stand that won’t tip
  • Keep the tree away from fireplaces, exits and heat sources
  • Check the water level daily