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Staying Safe and Healthy During Winter
Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and vehicles. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on young children, older adults, and the chronically ill.
Here are some safety tips for the cold weather ahead:
WINTERIZE 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.
-Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
-Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
-If you do not have working smoke detectors, install one inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
-Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning emergencies.
-Install a battery-operated or battery backup CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check or change the battery when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
-Learn the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES INCLUDING POWER OUTAGES:
-Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers.
-Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged.
-When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
-Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including:
Battery-operated devices, such as a flashlight, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and lamps.
First-aid kit and extra medicine.
Baby items; and
Cat litter or sand for icy walkways.
-Protect your family from carbon monoxide (CO).
-Keep grills, camp stoves, and generators out of the house, basement, and garage.
-Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house.
-Leave your home immediately if the CO detector sounds and call 911.
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