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Tips To Be Prepared During Winter Weather

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RALEIGH, N.C. - With winter weather in the forecast, state officials are urging you to be prepared.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety issued a news release with tips and helpful information.

  • Keep alternative heating sources prepared. 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.
  • Do not use charcoal grills or generators indoors; the fumes can be deadly.
  • Turn off electrical appliances that were on when the power went off to avoid a power surge when the electricity is restored.
  • Use flashlights. Do not use candles; they greatly increase the chance of having a fire in your home.
  • Limit your activities to no more than two rooms and close off unneeded rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors and cover windows at night to keep cold air out and warm air in.
  • If you have well water, fill up tubs and buckets with water so if the power goes out you still have water.
  • Remember to eat and drink regularly. Food provides the body with energy to produce its own heat.
  • Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Layering clothes keeps you warmer than a single layer of heavy clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration and subsequent chill.

You can find this info and other winter weather safety tips at ReadyNC.org.
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