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KDHE lists winter storm safety tips

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.

Last modified Jan. 18, 2012

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