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Even Off the Roads, Dangers Remain During Snow Storms

Tips include limiting alcohol consumption if outdoors.

Montgomery County Department of Public Safety.
Montgomery County Department of Public Safety.

Getting home safe may be one thing, but there are plenty of dangers lurking in the comfort of home during snow storms.

The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety provides information on how to avoid dangers at home:

As more and more people arrive home after navigating treacherous roads, keep in mind that there are still plenty of hazardous conditions that need to be dealt with safely.

Don’t over-exert yourself shoveling snow. Especially those with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, take it easy while clearing the snow from vehicles, driveways and sidewalks. The heart has to pump harder in cold temperatures and the risk for heart attacks increases.

If using a snow blower and it becomes clogged, make sure that it is completely turned off before trying to unclog it and never stick your into a clogged snow blower.

In the wake of this storm, temperatures will plunge and remain low for several days. Don’t drink alcohol and then head outdoors or use alcohol warm up while you are outdoors. Alcohol can lead to dehydration, hasten heat loss and cloud your ability to tell how cold you really are. 

As the extreme cold takes hold, be careful if you are using space heaters. Make sure there is adequate space between any heat source and materials such as curtains, bedding and clothing.

Never use your kitchen oven to heat your home.

All fuels (natural gas, oil, propane, kerosene, wood or coal) give off carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which can lead to death, make sure there is adequate ventilation for your heat source. Check carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working.

Please check on neighbors, particularly the elderly or those with disabilities, to make sure they are healthy and safe also.

Also, please bring pets indoors.

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