TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - With the upcoming blizzard, emergency management teams have a few reminders for people to remember in wintry conditions.
Winter storms can bring a lot of snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice.
Properly preparing for winter storms could save your property and even your life.
The following are guidelines for what you should do during a winter storm.
If you are inside:
· Stay inside! Only make trips that are necessary for survival.
· Listen to your radio, television or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information.
· Eat regularly and drink ample fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
· Use proper safeguards when using fireplaces, space heaters, etc., to prevent accidental fires.
· When you do not have heat (i.e., a power outage) close off unneeded rooms, stuff towels under doors and cover windows.
· Maintain ventilations when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
· Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal.
If you are outside:
· People, pets and livestock are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia during winter storms; signs of frostbite and hypothermia include numbness, drowsiness, shivering, stumbling, slurred speech and a pale appearance.
· Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
· Remove wet clothing. Working up a sweat trying to dislodge a vehicle can cause hypothermia if you do not change into dry clothing.
· Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extremely cold air.
· Wear layers of loose-fitting clothing instead of a single thick layer. Wear mittens instead of gloves.
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