Experts say there are some things you can do to make sure you stay safe during the winter months. They say when lighting your pilot light, first, make sure your thermostat is down; that way it won't start up while you're trying to light the pilot. Next, check to see if there is any gas present. If you smell a rotten egg-like smell, it is most likely not safe to light the pilot light. Then, turn off any power associated with your appliance. Also, make sure, once you light the pilot light, that it stays lit before powering up. And finally, before the snowy season even starts, have your appliances checked out.