...THIS IS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN NORTH DAKOTA...

SEVERE WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IS DESIGNED TO HEIGHTEN
AWARENESS ABOUT THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH WINTER WEATHER.
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET TAKEN THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE COMING WINTER
SEASON...NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME.

AT HOME...ASSEMBLE A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT. STORE DRINKING WATER
...CANNED FOOD...A NON ELECTRIC CAN OPENER...FIRST AID KIT...
BATTERY-POWERED RADIO...FLASHLIGHT AND FRESH BATTERIES. ALSO INCLUDE
WINTER SPECIFIC ITEMS SUCH AS ROCK SALT...SAND...AND OTHER SNOW
REMOVAL EQUIPMENT. INSULATE PIPES WITH INSULATION OR NEWSPAPERS AND
PLASTIC AND ALLOW FAUCETS TO DRIP A LITTLE DURING BITTERLY COLD
WEATHER TO AVOID FREEZING. LEARN HOW TO SHUT OFF WATER VALVES IN
CASE A PIPE BURSTS.

PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY THAT YOU WILL NEED TO STAY IN YOUR HOME
FOR SEVERAL DAYS AFTER A WINTER STORM. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT
HEATING FUEL AS WELL AS EMERGENCY HEATING EQUIPMENT IN CASE
ELECTRICITY IS CUT OFF. MAINTAIN VENTILATION WHEN USING KEROSENE OR
PROPANE HEATERS TO AVOID A BUILD UP OF TOXIC FUMES. ALWAYS REFUEL
OUTSIDE. KEEP ALL HEATERS AT LEAST THREE FEET FROM FLAMMABLE OBJECTS.

HOUSE FIRES POSE AN ADDITIONAL RISK...AS MORE PEOPLE TURN TO
ALTERNATE HEATING SOURCES WITHOUT TAKING THE NECESSARY SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS. KEEP FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ON HAND...AND MAKE SURE
EVERYONE IN YOUR HOUSE KNOWS HOW TO USE THEM.

BE SURE FIRE HYDRANTS NEAR YOUR HOME AND BUSINESS ARE VISIBLE.

FOR OTHER INFORMATION...

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FGF

WWW.STATE.ND.US/DES

WWW.STATE.ND.US/DOT

 


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