Winter Weather Pointers

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Hopefully you are staying warm in the current deep freeze and snow, but how about your neighbors?

Don’t forget to check on your vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbors, reminds Lake Cumberland District Health Department officials. Some homes have been without power now for multiple days. It is important to check on each other and assist others when you can. People who are unable to leave their homes for multiple days may run out of food and medication. Let’s look out for each other!

Here are tips the Lake Cumberland District Health Department offers to combat the cold:

  • Stay inside when possible. If you need to go outside, wear layers of lightweight clothing along with gloves and a hat.
  • Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. Keep all flammable objects at least three feet from space heaters, fireplaces and other heat sources.
  • Never use a generator indoors, including the basement or garage.
  • Run water at a trickle to help prevent pipes from freezing. Open cabinet doors to provide warm air around the plumbing, but make sure to remove harmful cleaners/chemicals so they aren’t accessible by children.
  • Limit exposure to the cold by children, especially infants.
  • Ensure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle, including blankets and snacks.

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