It’s coming up again on that time of year where we thought it might be helpful to review some winter storm safety tips. As with any major emergency, you need to take responsibility for your own safety and be prepared to sustain you and your family for 72 hours. Primary concerns are loss of heat, power, telephone service, and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. It is suggested that at a minimum you should have the following items on hand to sustain you and your family during a winter storm emergency:
* Flashlight with extra batteries
* Battery-powered NOAA Weather radio/portable radio to receive emergency information
* 3-day supply of non-perishable food and water (1 gallon per person per day)
* Extra clothing, blankets, moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
* Extra prescription medicines, glasses, baby items, and pet food
* First-aid supplies and a fire extinguisher
Avoid travel if at all possible during a major storm. If you must travel, do so during daylight and watch out for emergency crews working in and along the roadways. If you have an automatic garage door opener, learn how to manually open your garage door before the power goes out.
Do call us to let us know your power is out; please do not continually call for updates. We understand your frustration; please know that as soon as the problems are fixed and it is safe to do so, the power will be restored.
If you haven’t done so, now is the time to put together your winter storm emergency supply kit. And remember, due to the danger of falling trees, limbs and branches, taking your dog for a walk or going for a stroll in a high wind storm can be a deadly decision; please consider the consequences before you venture out in a winter storm.
Candle Safety Tips
Put candles in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic holders.
Avoid using lighted candles.
If you do use candles, ensure they are in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked down.
Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Set a good example by using matches, lighters, and fire carefully.
Children should never be allowed to play with matches, lighters, or candles.
Never put candles on a Christmas tree.
Extinguish candles after use and before going to bed.
And NEVER leave burning candles unattended!
Remember! Candle fires are PREVENTABLE!