|Tips to keep safe during the winter posted on 12/01/2019|
(MT) – Even though the wildfire season is over and winter is
imminent, the threat of fire remains – home heating fires. And winter also
brings risks when people are out, including challenging conditions on local
roads and Hwy. 26
“As locals we have a front-row seat to the dangers of living
in a bustling tourist and ski community,” noted Hoodland Community Emergency
Response Team member Sally Chester.
Tips for the home
– Purchase and/or stock up on non-perishable foods, two
gallons of water per day per person, extra batteries, flashlights, and an
– Change batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, keep
fire extinguishers easily accessible.
– Keep children and pets, and all flammable items at least
3-feet away from heaters, pellet, wood stoves and fireplaces.
– Turn off/extinguish alternate heat sources, blow out
candles when leaving the room or going to bed. Never leave alternate heat
– Wrap pipes and spigots, leave cabinet doors open for heat
circulation when temperature drops to 26 F, and drip taps during power outage.
Never use the stove/oven as a heat source, never use a BBQ, hibachi, etc.,
without proper ventilation and never inside or near a heat source.
– Test portable generators prior to use; add fuel only when
generator is off.
– Have your furnace and chimney inspected.
– Have an escape plan, and practice using it monthly.
Tips for your vehicle
– Have a go-kit with emergency radio, blanket, coat, boots,
gloves, hat, water, non-perishable food, whistle, cell phone charger,
flashlight, extra batteries, blanket and tarp.
– Keep kitty litter or sand and a small shovel to help with
– Keep fuel level at 3/4, check tire tread and carry and
know how to use tire chains.
– Check antifreeze level and carry an ice scraper.
– Check heating/defrost system, battery, lights (hazard,
head and tail) and wipers for proper functioning.
– To prevent ice from forming on windows mix three-parts
white vinegar with one-part water together in a spray bottle, spray windows
before a forecasted ice/snow event.
– To remove formed ice from windows, mix two-parts 70
percent alcohol with one-part water together in a spray bottle and spray
directly to windows, door locks, etc.
Tips for yourself
– Keep a go-kit, include extra medications, clothing,
important papers with policy and contact numbers, spare glasses and special
– Consider mobility issues and special needs.
– Know the difference between frostbite and hypothermia. If
someone’s body temperature is below 95 F, get medical attention immediately.
– Dress in layers and always protect hands, head and feet.
– Remember to include your pets in all of your emergency
Call 503-622 3463 in the Hoodland Fire District before
burning yard debris.
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