Tips on staying safe and warm during Winter Storm Pax
Emergency and disaster response agencies, like the American Red Cross, have offered tips on how to stay safe and warm during the winter storm ahead.
- Avoid calling 911 to check on weather or road conditions
- Avoid driving if at all possible
- Have essential and emergency items ready, including several flashlights with extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, car charger for your cellphone, a First Aid kit, blankets, non-perishable food items and a non-electric can opener. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery.
- Keep your car gas tank at least half full. Gas station pumps rely on electricity.
- If a loss of power occurs:
- Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer as much as possible to keep the temperature lower for a longer period.
- Unplug all appliances and leave only one light on to prevent a power surge
- Put on layers of warm clothing
- Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors
- If using a gas heater or fireplace to stay warm, be sure the area is properly ventilated.
- If running a generator, operate it inside a home or garage; they produce potentially deadly carbon monoxide fumes. Always keep running generators in an open and ventilated area. Connect only individual appliances to the generator
- Prevent pipes from freezing and bursting by letting them drip and disconnect hoses from outside spigots. Fill a bathtub with water and spare containers ahead of time for sanitation purposes should pipes freeze or burst