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Tips To Keep Your Family Safe And Warm In Winter Storm Power Outages

12/04/2013 - 11:40 AM

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The winter storm warning, the first major snowfall for the St. Cloud area and the expected high winds could bring possible power outages.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes gives several tips to keep your family warm and safe during a power outage caused by a winter storm.

Always keep a supply of flashlights, candles, batteries and a battery powered radio on hand for weather updates. Don’t run a generator inside a home or garage, especially a gas powered generator, as it needs a well-ventilated area. Keep extra cash on hand, in case of an extended power outage when ATM’s aren't accessible. If using a gas heater or fireplace to stay warm, make sure the area is well-ventilated.

When power is restored, wait a few minutes to turn on major appliances to decrease the chance of a power surge disabling your appliances.

FLASH says a good way to prepare your supplies and family are to include winter storm power outages in your family disaster plan.