Boone County Fire Protection District Offers Winter Weather Tips
Gale Blomenkamp, Assistant Chief/MPIO - Monday, November 16, 2015

As the winter weather season approaches and temperatures begin to fall the Boone County Fire Protection District would like to remind our citizens of some winter weather safety tips to help keep you safe this season.

- When winter and ice storms strike, donít drive. If you must travel, listen to travelerís advisories and have an alternate route planned. Keep emergency supplies in your car such as blankets, extra clothing, a shovel, sand or gravel, a flashlight or matches and candles, and quick energy foods. Keep your gas tank filled to prevent gas line freeze-up and be sure to let someone know your travel plans.

∑ If you become trapped in your car during a Blizzard or Ice Storm, stay in your vehicle and wait for help. Donít leave unless you can see shelter from your caróyou can easily get lost in a snowstorm. Run the engine for short periods to keep warm, but be sure to open a downwind window slightly when the engine is on. Keep the exhaust pipe clean of snow. Turn on the dome light at night to signal rescuers. Take turns sleeping and watching for help. DO NOT PANIC.

∑ If you lose heat or power to your house during a winter storm, keep warm by closing off rooms you donít need and use only safe sources of heat, like wood and other fuel-burning stoves. Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, and wear a wool stocking capómost of your body heat is lost through your head. Sleep under several lightweight blankets instead of a single heavy one. Eat well-balanced meals and high-energy foods like raisins or peanut butter. This will allow your body to produce its own heat.

∑ Many of us use wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and other alternate sources of heat during cold weather, but make certain they are used safely. Itís important to have your stove installed correctly and use only the fuel designed for your heater. Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start or quicken a fire. Always keep a screen around an open flame and donít close the damper while ashes are still hot.

∑ Should you need further information or have questions regarding Winter Weather Driving or Safety Tips, please contact the Boone County Fire Protection District office during normal business hours at 573-447-5000.

These safety tips are brought to you by the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Be prepared for these types of conditions!

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