Cold-weather tips |

Cold-weather tips

With winter weather on the march and a potentially severe storm predicted to hit the area Thursday, here are some suggestions that will help you prevent cold-weather-related problems.Make sure your home has emergency supplies. These should include:– An alternate way to heat your home during a power failure: dry firewood for a fireplace or wood stove, or kerosene for a kerosene heater; furnace fuel (coal, propane, or oil); electric space heater with automatic shut-off switch and nonglowing elements.– Blankets– Matches– Multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher– First-aid kit and instruction manual– Flashlight or battery-powered lantern– Battery-powered radio– Battery-powered clock or watch– Extra batteries– Manual can opener– Snow shovel– Rock saltIn addition, be sure to keep several days supply of these items:– Food that needs no cooking or refrigeration, such as bread, crackers, cereal, canned foods and dried fruits. Remember baby food and formula if you have young children.– Water stored in clean containers, or purchased bottled water (5 gallons per person) in case your water pipes freeze and rupture.– Medicines family members may need.– If you expect to be homebound for several days, stock additional food, water and medicine. Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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