Winter storm safety tips

ALBANY, N.Y.—As winter weather hits the Northeast, American Red Cross is offering tips to stay safe.

“Residents in the Northeast are no stranger to winter weather,” said Gary Striar, CEO, American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. “By preparing together for inclement weather, and knowing what to do during a storm like this one, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger.”

The Red Cross recommends these tips to keep the community safe:

Assemble an Emergency Preparedness Kit:

Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing.  Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Additionally, make sure you have a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage. 

Remaining Safe During a Winter Storm:

-Running water helps prevent pipes from freezing

-All fuel-burning equipment should vented to the outside

-If water supply lines are in garage, keep doors closed

-Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.

– Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.

-Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain, snow or dense fog.

-Protect yourself from frostbite by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers.

Caution on Carbon Monoxide:

– Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

-The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.

-Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

-If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.

-Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

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