Safety is an important consideration in any season. But winter seems to present the most challenges. Ice has been a frequent hazard for drivers, pedestrians, and even residents who go out to retrieve their newspapers. The cold may inspire some to try to keep pipes unfrozen with heat sources that could cause fires. Space heaters can ignite fires and some types can emit odorless but toxic carbon monoxide. So grab that handrail before you go down the steps, drive carefully, and take precautions with heat sources. Neighbors with mobility issues might need a hand too.