Emergency Management Gives Tips In Case Power Goes Out

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Updated: 12/06/2013 5:45 pm
Hopefully central Kentucky will never endure another ice storm like what was experienced in 2009.

Emergency Management officials say if we do face another winter storm that knocks out power, be prepared and follow these simple safety tips.

First, if your home does not have a fire place or you don't have space heaters or power generators hunker down in a room in your home that has the fewest windows. Wear as many layers as you can to stay warm and try to keep the door to that room closed as often as possible to keep the cold air out.

Second, if you do want a break from the cold of a house with no power, go spend some time in your vehicle. A couple of hours in a heated car can be a nice break from the cold. Just remember to park your car outside to avoid carbon monoxide buildup in your garage.

Third, it may not be the ideal time to grill, but if your kitchen appliances all run on electricity, using your propane or charcoal grill can not only warm your food but also your water.

Emergency officials also say that when the weather gets better, don't over-exert yourself shoveling snow out of the driveway or off the roof. Emergency responders say they get calls every year of folks having heart attacks while trying to remove ice and snow.

If you would like more tips on how to stay safe as well as warm during winter storms, you can click on the link below to the Fayette County Division of Emergency Management website.

BeReadyLexington.com
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