Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued several hazardous weather announcements affecting our area tonight through Thursday.
The warnings indicate that we need to be prepared for a major winter storm that has the potential for heavy snow, sleet, rain and coastal flooding. Much depends on the track of the system as it approaches, so stay tuned to news alerts and weather updates for the latest forecast. For up the minute information, go to: www.weather.gov/phi. If the power is out, tune battery operated radios into station KYW 1060 AM.
During extremely cold weather, the risk for home fires can increase. To avoid fire danger, you should remember the following:
- Never use a stove or oven to heat the home.
- If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep it at least three feet away from anything that can burn, such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
- If using a fireplace, keep the screen or doors closed to catch sparks and rolling logs. Make sure burning embers are out before going to bed.
- Maintain and operate portable generators in accordance with the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
- Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. The smoke from a running generator contains carbon monoxide and needs to be properly ventilated.
See attached safety sheets on carbon monoxide and portable generator safety. For anyone that is unable to stay in their home, the Red Cross can help. Click here for an updated list of Red Cross shelter locations:http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter or you can call the Philadelphia Red Cross chapter at (215) 299-4000.