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As freezing weather is predicted overnight in some area’s of Tulare County. TCFD would like to remind everyone to take a few minutes to prepare:
For the Home: *Make sure your Carbon Monoxide Detector is working by using the test button. *Check your heater to ensure it is working properly. If using space heaters be sure they are 3 feet from combustible materials and plugged directly into a wall outlet. *If you have a fireplace, consider keeping a supply of firewood or coal. Be sure the fireplace is properly vented and in good working order and that you dispose of ashes safely. *Insulate exposed pipes to prevent damage from water freezing within the pipes.
For your Pets: *Bring your companion animals indoors. If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them. *Create a place where your other animals can be comfortable in severe winter weather and limit time outdoors. *Check their water and food supply to ensure it has not frozen. *Before starting your vehicle be sure to check for outdoor animals that may be looking for a warm place.
For you Car: *Have your vehicle winterized before the winter storm season to decrease your chance of being stranded in cold weather. *Check your battery, antifreeze, wipers and windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, and oil. *Check your tire pressure and have adequate tread. If traveling to areas that have snow or may have snow, be sure to carry the proper size snow chains.
For yourself: *If you are spending time outside wear layered clothing, mittens or gloves, and a hat. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Mittens or gloves and a hat will prevent the loss of body heat. *Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite. *Check on elderly family members and neighbors. *Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. *Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks. Slips and falls occur frequently in winter weather, resulting in painful and sometimes disabling injuries.