Friday, February 05, 2010
Breaking News from Arlington County
With the impending snow storm, the following guidelines should be followed: Basic weather safety involves staying off the roads, dressing in layers, having emergency supplies ready and avoiding overexertion.
Driving Once freezing rain or snow begins to fall, stay off the roads. Only travel if absolutely necessary, and if you do, wear a seat belt. Know roads conditions before you leave.
Current road conditions are available by calling 5-1-1 or visiting 511Virginia.gov. Have emergency supplies in your car. If you become stranded, you will need water, food, blankets, a radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
Stay with your car. The Virginia Department of Transportation recommends running the car engine for heat for 10 minutes and then turning off the engine for 20 minutes.
Health concerns Wear loose layers and a hat. Avoid overexertion during clean up, no matter your age or physical condition. Shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.
Emergency heat Generators should always be run outside, in well-ventilated areas. Get to fresh air immediately if you start to feel sick, weak or dizzy. Never use a portable generator in any enclosed or partially enclosed space. Windows and doors do not provide enough ventilation. Kerosene and propane heaters can cause fires if left unsupervised. If you use one, use only the recommended fuel.
Always refuel outdoors safely away from your home. Keep an eye on your heater at all times while it is running. Shut it off before you go to bed or when you leave the house.
Emergency assistance If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. OEM/JJB Sent by Arlington County OEM to All users (e-mail) through Arlington Alert ....powered by Cooper Notification RSAN