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January 4, 2014

Prepare for heavy snow, low temps

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Here are some tips to help residents stay safe:

With this winter storm, temperatures are expected to drop as conditions deteriorate throughout Michiana. People should take the following steps:

• Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on snow storms and blizzards from the National Weather Service.

• Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain, snow or dense fog.

• If travel is necessary, make sure you have a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle which includes: shovel, blanket, flashlight, water, snacks, first aid kit, extra batteries, sack of sand or cat litter.

• Keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

• Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.

• When shoveling snow, take frequent breaks to avoid risk of injury or cardiac arrest.

• Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

• Bring pets inside during winter weather.

• Make sure coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and warm clothing are available for all household members, along with extra blankets.

• Eat regular meals and stay hydrated, but avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.

Home heating safety

Heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires.

• Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.

• Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.

• If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.

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