Archive for Thursday, January 7, 2010

Freezing temperatures call for extra steps to stay safe in winter

January 7, 2010

Another winter storm is sweeping across Kansas with strong winds and bitterly cold arctic air forecasts.

The Adjutant General’s Department offers the follow tips for staying safe as temperatures dip to dangerous levels.

• Dress for the weather by wearing several layers of loose fitting, light weight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.

• Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient heating fuel in case regular fuel sources are cut off. For example, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or stove.

• Protect water pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.

• Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.

• Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources.

• Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors or employees.

In addition keeping yourself safe in cold temperature, the City of Bonner Springs has asked residents to do what they can to help the city’s endeavor to keep the streets and sidewalks free of snow. Some actions residents can take to help out include:

• If able, remove cars from the street. This allows the trucks to plow closer to the curb and ensures vehicles will not get plowed in.

• Clean off sidewalks within 24 hours of the snowfall. This allows people to walk on the sidewalk instead of the street.

• Keep a good distance between your car and the snow plows working on streets because these trucks also spread sand and salt.

• Do not shovel or plow snow from driveways into the street as it will get pushed back into your neighbor’s driveway when the plows come through.

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