46. Avoid Winter Weather Mistakes

Ron, W8ILC, a former District 3 Emergency Coordinator, forwarded the December 17th edition of FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief for our use on this net.  With the first cold snap finally arriving this week, I thought it was a good time to share some of the contents.

Under the heading Avoid These Winter Weather Mistakes, FEMA borrowed three suggestions from the Weather Channel.  The first recommendation is to clean your gutters before freezing weather arrives.  On a personal note, I’m very bad about getting around to cleaning gutters.

Next is advice to make sure that any space heaters in use are turned off and cool before retiring to bed.  Also cool off any fireplace embers.

Finally, develop and rehearse a fire escape plan, just in case any heating sources that you use escape from your control.  FEMA further recommends that you visit the Weather Channel website at: http://www.weather.com/ .