Winter safety tips

Two early snowfalls and colder than normal temperatures should serve as a reminder that winter storms could be on their way this season, the governor said.

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  • Keep alternative heating sources ready. 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.
  • Properly vent kerosene heaters, and keep any generators outside and away from open windows or doors to prevent carbon-monoxide poisoning. Do not burn charcoal indoors. Charcoal fumes indoors can cause carbon-monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep fresh batteries on hand to use in flashlights and weather radios.
  • Always keep at least a three-day supply of water and nonperishable food in your home.
  •  Wear multiple layers of thin clothing, instead of a single layer of thick clothing to stay warm. You will be warmer, and as the temperature changes, you can easily remove layers to remain comfortable.
  • If you must travel during a winter storm, store an emergency kit in your vehicle containing: blankets, a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, battery booster cables and flares, a tire repair kit and pump, a road map, a bag of cat litter (for tire traction), a tow rope, a windshield scraper and brush, extra clothing, bottled water and nonperishable, high-energy foods such as granola bars.
  • If you must drive on snow- or ice-covered roadways, lower your speed. Driving at the regular speed limit will reduce your ability to control the car if you begin to slide. Leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles.
  • If conditions worsen and you can no longer drive safely, pull off the highway. Stay calm, and remain in your vehicle. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a nearby building where you know you can take shelter.