Kansas Department of Health and Environment is encouraging all Kansans to be safe when temperatures drop. They are offering safety tips to help prepare for hazardous conditions.
Winterizing the home
- Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
- Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
- Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
Check heating systems
- Have heating systems serviced professionally to make sure that they are clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.
- Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
- Install a smoke detector and test batteries monthly.
- Have a safe alternative heating source and alternative fuels available.
Prevent carbon monoxide emergencies
- Install a CO detector to alert of the presence of the deadly, odorless, and colorless gas.
- Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, and disorientation.
- Keep grills and generators out of the house and garage. Position generators at least 20 feet from the house.
Be prepared for weather-related emergencies
- Stock food, that does not require cooking or refrigeration, and water in clean containers.
- Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including, battery operated devices like a flashlight and radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, and cat litter or sand for icy walk ways.
Prepare car for winter
- Service the radiator, maintain antifreeze level, and check tire tread.
- Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Use a wintertime formula in windshield washer.
- Keep a winter emergency kit in car in case the driver becomes stranded: blankets, food and water, booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag or sand or cat litter, compass and maps, battery-powered flashlight, first aid kit, and plastic bags.