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Sheriff Whisenant's Tip of the Month


January 2020


Winter Preparedness Safety Tips




ü Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:

o   Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats

o   Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace

o   Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters


ü Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area.


ü Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.


ü Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.


ü Never leave children unattended near a space heater.


ü Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.


ü Have the following safety equipment:

o   Chemical fire extinguisher (Inspect annually)

o   Smoke alarm in working order (Check batteries monthly)

o   Carbon monoxide detector (Check batteries monthly)


ü Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.


ü Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet.


ü Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.


ü Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in other appliances.


Source: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/beforestorm/supplylists.asp



Please be mindful of the elderly during the winter months. When the weather gets cold and turns to ice and snow, the elderly in your community may not have adequate resources to stay warm. Local churches are a good resource to help the elderly who may need assistance in your area.  Have a Healthy, Safe, and Warm in 2020!


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