ELIZABETHTOWN - Winter is upon us and Essex County Public Health Department offers these tips for winter safety.
If your electricity goes out, contact your electric company to notify them of your outage and ask about an estimated time frame for repairs. Next, turn off or unplug light and appliances to prevent a circuit overload when power does come back on, leaving one light on so you know when power is restored.
To prevent your pipes from freezing, turn on your faucets slightly as running water will not freeze as quickly. Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to prevent your food from spoiling.
If your heat goes out, keep warm by first closing off doors to rooms you are not using. Use only safe sources of alternative heat like a fireplace, well-vented wood, coal stoves or portable kerosene space heater. Keep the heater away from objects that can burn such as blankets, curtains, rugs and furniture.
Always follow the manufacturer's instruction on the device's use. Dress in layers and wear a cap to stay warm and eat well-balanced meals to keep your energy up. If you have no heat go to family or friends or another shelter that does have heat.
For more information please contact Essex County Public Health Department at 873-3500 or visit www.nyalert.gov or www.semo.state.ny.us.