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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 emergency radio.

– 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 sources unattended.

– 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 traction.

– 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 dietary needs.

– 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 preparedness plans.

Call 503-622 3463 in the Hoodland Fire District before burning yard debris.

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