Stay safe during outages due to ice and other severe winter weather
- Supplies: At home, have plenty of nonperishable food, medical supplies, cell phone chargers, flashlight with batteries, blankets and warm clothing. Don’t forget about your pets!
- Prepare your home: Weatherproof your home ahead of winter by caulking windows and doors. Inspect chimney flues for wood stoves or fireplaces. Protect pipes from freezing.
- On the Road: Prepare an emergency road kit. Consider including battery booster cables, an ice scraper, a portable shovel, flashlight, basic first aid supplies, warm clothing or blankets bottled water and snacks.
- Vehicles: complete annual maintenance, test the car battery and cooling system, use winter tires and replace them if the tread is less than 1/32 of an inch, and keep the gas tank at least half full
A portable generator can be useful during an outage; however, use one correctly to prevent CO poisoning and to stay safe.