In light of the recent snow, we encourage everyone to prepare their homes and families for the potential impacts of winter weather. Check on your neighbors, fill your prescriptions, and prepare your home for potential power outages.
From Albemarle County Fire Department :
◾ Avoid going out if you can.
◾ Keep distance between you and the car in front of you.
◾ Remember, it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
◾ Don’t drive distracted.
◾ Avoid slamming on your brakes.
Stay Warm, Safely
◾ Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like a furnace, fireplace, woodstove, or portable space heater.
◾ Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around fireplaces and space heaters.
◾ Never use your oven to heat your home.
◾ Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
◾ Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
◾ Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside and away from all doors, windows, and vent openings.
◾ Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
◾ Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors, or other openings in the building.
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