Sunday, 02 December 2007 18:00
Governor Mike Easley proclaimed Dec. 2 through Dec. 8
Winter Weather Awareness Week.
Easley encourages families to update their
emergency plans and stock up on water, blankets, non-perishable food and other
supplies now- before ice and snow arrive. Easley released a list of winter
safety tips. Have alternative heating sources ready. If you have a fireplace,
Easley says to store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fresh batteries
on hand for flashlights and radios, and always have a three-day supply of
non-perishable food in your home.
Tips received by Aisling Broadcasting from Governor Easley's office:
alternative heating sources ready. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply
of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your
family knows how to use them.
vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from
open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon
monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors.
fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios.
keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home.
multiple layers of thin clothing instead of a single layer of thick clothing to
stay warm. You will be warmer and, as the temperature changes, you can easily
remove layers to remain comfortable.
you must travel during a winter storm, store an emergency kit in your vehicle
that includes: blankets, a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a first
aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, battery booster cables and flares, a
tire repair kit and pump, a road map, a sack of cat litter (for tire traction),
a tow rope, bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods such as granola
bars, extra clothing to keep dry, and a windshield scraper and brush.
driving on snow or ice-covered roadways, reduce your speed. Driving at the
regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to
slide. Leave plenty of room between you
and other vehicles.
conditions worsen and you can no longer drive safely, pull off the highway. Stay
calm and remain in your vehicle. Do not
set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can