RHINELANDER - Snow piles grow bigger and bigger with throughout the winter. But you don't want that snow to pile up just anywhere around the house.
Covering up vents and meters on the side of your house could be dangerous. If snow is blocking an appliance vent, it could cause maintance problems or worse.
"With carbon monoxide being odorless and tasteless and you can't see it, there's a chance of carbon monoxide poisoning," says Evelyn Weyker, WPS Gas Engineer.
That's just another reason why Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) encourages homeowners to have a carbon monoixde detector in your home. You also want to keep the METER along the side of your house free from snow.
"When you've got your snow plow, you want to make sure you're not pushing that snow up against the gas meter or the regulator on the side of the house because it could block the vent from your regulator and then that would cause your regulator not to work properly and then you'd overpressure your equipment," says Weyker.
Icicles can also cause problems if they fall on meters. Therefore, it is best to keep your house clear of them.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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