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Winter Hazards Awareness Week
Thursday, November 10th

  Day 5 - Preparing Your Home for Winter Emergencies

 

Winter storms often cause power outages and loss of heat for periods of hours, or even days. Impassable roads and the loss of telephone service can further isolate your family.

Ensure you have a well stocked home emergency kit.  Items you should have on hand to cope with such crises are high energy food, such as dried fruit, nuts or other high protein snacks, and food requiring no cooling or refrigeration. Extra medicine and baby items should also be stocked, along with first aid supplies.  You would also want bottled water.   Do not forget extra batteries for flashlights and portable radios. Your information sources should include a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, for receipt of warning and advisory information in addition to continuous broadcast of current conditions and forecasts.

An emergency heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, or a generator can be a lifesaver, but can also turn deadly. These must be used with adequate ventilation, and all precautions should be taken to prevent fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors are valuable equipment that can prevent tragedy.   When the temperatures drop, limit the potential for frozen pipes by trickling warm water through faucets of an outside wall and open cabinet doors.  

For more information on safety kits and home preparedness, please visit the Michigan Weather Preparedness Page