Two recent stories about winter preparedness and health and safety issues that arise during winter snow storms offer insight for those suffering blankets of the white stuff and those dreading storms yet to arrive.
Preparing for winter blackouts
The first story explains, just as households prepare for natural disasters, weather borne blackouts demand similar preparations with attention to detail.
The aging power grid in much of the nation is simply no match for the mightiest winter storms and other weather events, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which recently announced efforts to strengthen the grid and to make it more efficient.
Unfortunately, constructing more transmission equipment can take years of regulatory hurdles and NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) intervention.
Meanwhile blackouts are a way of life.
Here’s how to prepare for them: Surviving winter storm blackouts
Stay safe, healthy during winter snow storms
The second story says when the weather turns cold outside, things can heat up inside — sometimes a little too much, if you don’t take precautions.
Winter storm conditions come with a triple-threat to household health and safety — issues related to carbon monoxide poisoning, home heating and power outages, according to the Home Safety Council.
You can’t change Mother nature, you can change behavior to keep the home safe when winter blasts howl around your home.
“Weather outside frightful, make inside home delightful” tells you how.
Photo: John Ibrahim, digs out his car at his home that has been without power since Friday night in Silver Spring, MD on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. A massive snow storm hit the region Friday and Saturday, dumping 2 feet of snow in some places. “At least if we clean off the cars we can get some heat and charge the cell phones,” says Ibrahim. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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