Journeys Fall/Winter 2016 - Page 23

CABARRUS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Prepare now Important tips and resources for winter weather With winter weather on the horizon, Cabarrus County Emergency Management urges all residents to review their emergency plans. Check your emergency kit, replace needed supplies and review the safety tips listed below. Preparation is the best way to ensure safety during winter weather events. The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device 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. 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. Safety during a winter storm • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on winter weather from the National Weather Service (NWS). • Bring pets/companion animals inside. • Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing. • Keep all fuel-burning equipment vented to the outside and clear. • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold. • Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, s now or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supply kit in your vehicle. • Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task. • Protect yourself by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible. • Ensure homebound individuals have extra food and medical supplies as needed. 21