Key links and things to keep in mind during the snowstorm

  • Tue Jan 17th, 2012 2:47pm
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Herald staff

Weather conditions could change swiftly as the week wears on.

School closures: For the most up-to-date information on school closures, visit www.schoolreport.org.

Roads: For state highway conditions, visit www.wsdot.com/traffic.

Forecast: For weather forecasts, visit www.wrh.noaa.gov/sew.

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AT HOME AND HEATING

Keep enough food, water and medication in the house to last four to seven days.

Check on older relatives and neighbors to make sure they have supplies as well.

Don’t store flammable heating liquids inside the home.

Use heaters and power generators according to manufacturers’ instructions.

Do not use a generator, grill, camp stove or similar devices inside a home or any enclosed area. They could emit poisonous carbon monoxide and sicken the people inside.

Clear the area around heaters, including space heaters and baseboard heaters. Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to sleep.

Keep children away from any heating devices and surfaces.

Check the status of local burn bans to make sure your heating device is legal.

If the pipes freeze, don’t use an open-flamed device to warm them, such as a torch or lighter. Combustible materials around the pipes can smolder and catch the house on fire.

Limit your time outside.

Don’t expect cars to see you walking.

DRIVING

Keep the following items in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kit. Also useful: tire chains, ice scraper/snow brush, jumper cables, road flares, sand or cat litter for tire traction and warm clothing.

Use weather-appropriate tires. When ice and snow are present, slow down and increase the distance between you and other cars.

Keep the gas tank full.

Make plans to get to work and home before storms hit.

Don’t abandon your car on the highway.

Don’t leave your car unlocked while it warms up. It could get stolen.

Don’t pass the plows. Give them a wide berth.

Source: Snohomish County police and fire officials