Preparedness - What You Need To Know
At least one foot of snow is expected across Weld County this weekend meaning power outages are a good possibility. To prepare and stay warm in the event of an outage:
- Have plenty of blankets available to keep yourself and family members warm.
- Close curtains throughout your house to keep the cold air out.
- Dress in layers. Household members should stay close together in interior rooms.
- If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, ensure wood is easily accessible somewhere in your home.
- If you rely on medical equipment, have back up batteries charged and available.
- Have ready-to-eat food on hand that does not need to be cooked. Common items include granola, peanut butter, and jelly, etc.
While trying to keep warm this weekend, remember to take the following steps to avoid carbon monoxide in your home:
- Make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working. Change batteries if needed. If you don’t have a detector, they can be purchased from many hardware stores or general appliance stores.
- Keep outside products out – Exhaust from propane space heaters, camping stoves, and other equipment can raise the level of carbon monoxide in your home and should only be used outside.
For more information on preparing for winter storms, check out the emergency preparedness guide at www.weldoem.com.