The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is encouraging all Kansans to be safe when temperatures drop and offers Safety Tips to help prepare for hazardous conditions. Many of us have been surprised at the inconsistent weather pattern over the last few months. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures change. Staying inside is no guarantee of safety, so take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months by winterizing your home. Install weather stripping, insulation and storm windows. Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls. Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks. Check your heating systems. Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside. Remember to change your furnace filters several times per year.