City of Beaumont winter weather safety tips
WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPS
The City of Beaumont Emergency Management Division would like to share some tips to help prepare for freezing weather.
* Monitor local weather forecasts and be mindful of rapidly changing weather conditions. Make a family emergency plan and put together emergency kits. Have a battery-powered radio with spare batteries in case your electricity goes off. Car radios and chargers can be a useful way to stay informed and power up electronic devices.
* Loss of power and water supplies are some of the major concerns during freezing weather. Keep basic supplies on hand to survive for at least three days. Check on elderly family members or neighbors and make preparations for your animals. The following link provides helpful supply list and considerations.
* Remain indoors if possible during extreme weather. If you must go out, dress to promote good health and safety. We recommend wearing extra layers of clothing,wind-resistant clothing, hats, gloves, thick socks and water proof or resistant shoes to help protect against frostbite.
* If you must perform work outside, try to take frequent breaks to warm up and avoid over exertion.
* Have emergency heating equipment approved for indoor use and appropriate fuel for it. Emergency heating equipment includes kerosene or propane heaters and wood stoves. Use caution with alternate heating sources, (space heaters, generators, etc.) to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and/or fires. Maintain ventilation around the heat source and if possible, use heaters with an automatic shut-off switch, non-glowing elements and ventilation to the outside. Carbon monoxide kits can be purchased at local retailers.
See also: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/coftsht.html.
* Have emergency lighting in case the power goes out: flashlights or lanterns with a supply of batteries or fuel.
* Keep an emergency supply of ready-to-eat, non-perishable food and an emergency supply of water on hand.
* Travel only if absolutely necessary. Ensure automobiles and generators have appropriate and enough fuel. Have your automobiles and generators serviced before the weather is gets extreme. If you must travel, we recommend you do so in daylight and have emergency supplies in your vehicle.
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* Review your contingency plans for long periods of freezing weather and work with local emergency management to address public health issues that arise.
- Continue to monitor local weather forecasts and be mindful of rapidly changing weather conditions.
- Work with local nursing homes, care facilities, and hospitals to ensure the safety of all patients and personnel.
- Encourage individuals and families to put together emergency preparedness kits and make a family emergency plan.
- Review winter weather guidance at: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.asp and http://www.fema.gov/hazard/winter/index.shtm.