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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • DEMA releases winter storm safety tips

  • The National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 4 inches of snow for the area beginning tonight into Friday with extremely cold temperatures extending into Saturday.
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  • The National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 4 inches of snow for the area beginning tonight into Friday with extremely cold temperatures extending into Saturday.
    Temperatures could be anywhere from 0 to 10 degrees with winds that could push the wind chill to minus 20-30 degree range. The Delaware Emergency Management Agency is providing tips of ways to prevent injury and possible death from the effects of storms, and winter weather in general:
    - Dress appropriately with head and hands covered if you go outdoors in temperatures below freezing. Provide shelter for pets or farm animals
    - Have a household emergency supply kit, including a supply of drinking water and non-perishable foods. Bottled water or water in containers should be stored should water and other utilities be disrupted
    - Ensure that flashlights and a battery-powered radio are in good working order. Have plenty of batteries. Use of candles and other open-flame light sources is not recommended
    - Avoid over-exertion. Cold weather puts a strain on the heart, even without exercise. Many winter deaths occur from over-exertion while shoveling heavy snow or pushing cars stuck in snow
    - Check on neighbors and relatives during cold waves and winter storms. The elderly are especially susceptible to hypothermia and falls on icy surfaces
    - If you lose power or other utilities, do not call 911. Use a customer service number for information
    - As temperatures remain below freezing, take precautions to keep pipes from freezing. Contact your plumber or hardware dealer for recommendations of the best measures to protect or thaw pipes
    - In snowy weather, those who have to drive should use the utmost caution and, if possible, delay driving until roads have been cleared. Those who have to drive should give themselves plenty of time to reach their destinations and be aware of emergency vehicles and highway equipment on the roads
    For more information: dema.delaware.gov.
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