• Winter Weather 2020 (E)

    From Daryl Stout@57:57/10 to All on Thu Dec 3 00:03:09 2020

    Public Information Statement
    National Weather Service Little Rock AR
    600 AM CST Thu Dec 3 2020

    November 30th through December 4th is Winter Weather Awareness
    Week in Arkansas. The purpose of this week is to remind people
    what winter weather can bring, and how to deal with
    hazardous winter conditions. Now is the time to prepare
    for the upcoming winter season.

    Today's topic is winter weather safety rules.

    The best way to survive a winter storm is to plan and prepare for
    the hazards of winter weather. Although some winter storms develop
    quickly and with short notice, most events can be planned for.

    At home, the primary concerns are for the potential loss of power,
    heat and telephone service. Food supplies may also run low if
    conditions persist for several days. Some items that should be
    readily available around the home prior to the onset of winter
    weather include...

    Extra food and water, especially canned goods
    A flashlight with extra batteries
    First aid supplies and extra medicine
    Extra baby items
    Extra wood for emergency heating
    A battery powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio

    Remember, if your power goes out, a cordless telephone will not
    operate. A corded phone will continue to function, so it is a
    good idea to have one available.

    If power is lost, never use a gasoline or diesel powered generator
    inside the house, in the garage, or any other enclosed space.
    Generators can cause carbon monoxide to build up to deadly levels
    in enclosed spaces. Operate such generators outdoors only.

    Travel should never be planned when severe winter weather is
    anticipated. However, certain precautions should be taken during
    the winter months in case a storm strikes suddenly or travel in
    bad weather is unavoidable...

    Winterize your vehicle in the fall.
    Keep your gas tank full to minimize ice buildup in the tank.
    Always carry a winter storm survival kit including blankets,
    flashlights, non-perishable food, drinking water,
    first aid kit, extra clothes, shovel, ice scraper,
    bag of sand or cat litter, and jumper cables.
    Before leaving, let someone know where you are going and
    what route you plan to take.

    Traveling in winter weather is serious business. If the storm
    exceeds or tests your driving ability, seek available shelter

    Another winter threat is house fires. December, January, and
    February are the leading months for house fires in this country.
    More than one third of fire deaths typically occur during the
    winter months.

    Here are some precautions you can take...

    Central heating systems should be kept in proper working
    Space heaters need to be at least 36 inches away from any
    flammable materials. The heaters should not be left on
    when no one is present or when people are asleep. The
    heaters should have automatic shut-off switches that
    turn the units off if they tip over.
    Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected and cleaned
    on a regular basis. The fireplaces should have a sturdy
    screen or glass door. Flammable objects should be
    removed from the front of the fireplace.
    Wood stoves should be installed, used, and maintained in
    accordance with instructions from the manufacturer. Use
    of a stove board will protect the floor. Only wood
    should be burned in the stove.
    Kitchen ranges and ovens, charcoal grills, and hibachis
    should not be used for heating.
    Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed to provide
    an early warning when gas begins to build up.


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