Monday, November 17, 2008

Winter Preparedness Week is Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Although this year's winter forecast is for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation, Virginians should be prepared for severe winter weather by following a few simple steps to keep their families safe.
  • Plug space heaters directly into wall sockets, not extension cords.
  • Fireplaces and wood stoves should be prepared for winter by having professionals inspect and clean them. Residue can build up that can cause fires.
  • Driving is most dangerous when the temperature is at or under 32° F, and most vehicle crashes occur within the first two hours after a storm begins. For road conditions call 511 or go to http://www.511Virginia.org.
For more winter weather preparedness tips, go to http://www.ReadyVirginia.gov.