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Winter Weather Awareness PDF Print
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:

 

 

  • Have 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.
  • Properly 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.
  • Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and weather radios.
  • Always keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in your home.
  • Wear 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.

  • If 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.
  • If 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.
  • If 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 take shelter.

 

 

 

  
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