February 5, 2014
A major winter storm is affecting Maine today. Roads are already becoming treacherous, and snow will be heavy at times, affecting visibility.
The snow will persist through the day and into the evening, exiting Maine overnight.
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- Check on any neighbors and friends who might need help dealing with the storm.
- To help stay warm, eat regularly and drink ample fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- If you lose power, and use a generator, use it ONLY outdoors, never in a basement or attached garage. Carbon monoxide kills.
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
After the storm
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Before you go out to shovel snow, do some stretches to limber up.
- Clear snow from your roof while it is still loose.
- Clear snow away from all chimneys and vents to prevent carbon monoxide buildup inside your house.
- Clear snow away from outside fuel storage tanks, and the filler pipes for your oil tank
- Offer to help neighbors and friends who may need help shoveling out
This just in: It's still winter!