Red Cross Urges Caution During Projected Winter Storm

By WBNG News

Red Cross Urges Caution During Projected Winter Storm

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Heavy snowfalls are forecast throughout the Finger Lakes Region on Friday and into Saturday morning.

The Red Cross is encouraging folks to exercise caution as the snow begins to fall.

• Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).

• Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.

• Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

• All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.

• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

• Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold. The Red Cross is prepared to open shelters if necessary; download the Red Cross Shelter App for iOS and Android to find an open shelter near you.

• Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit and warm blanket in your vehicle.

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

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

• Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

• Heat your home safely. Alternative heating sources like generators produce carbon monoxide and must be used outside.

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