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Staying Safe During Winter Storm Stella

As Winter Storm Stella bears down on much of the northeastern US, we’d like to remind our customers to stay safe and warm. Here in the Hudson Valley, we are under a blizzard warning until 6 PM this evening. This storm is expected to bring heavy snow and sleet followed by blowing snow. Temperatures will stay in the mid-20s, and blowing snow could cause visibility of a quarter of a mile or less at times. Whiteout conditions are possible, and area residents are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

When possible, the best way to stay safe during a blizzard is to avoid all unnecessary travel. If you must go out, make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Be sure to include blankets, a flashlight, bottled water, and non-perishable food items in case you become stranded.

Remember to keep furnace vents and meters clear of snow. Accumulated ice and snow can damage gas meters and potentially cause leaks. When it builds up on furnace vents, accumulated ice and snow can also lead to potentially deadly levels of carbon monoxide inside your home.

Winter Storm Stella
“Blizzard” Flickr photo by Andrea Christman shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

This storm could cause power outages, so we recommend having the following supplies handy at home:

  • Blankets
  • Warm clothing
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Candles
  • Battery-powered radio

Keep your cell phone charged in case of emergencies during a power outage.

If the power goes out and you lose your heat during inclement weather, never bring a camp stove, portable gas heater, grill, etc. into your home or garage. They give off carbon monoxide when in use, and using them in a closed environment could be deadly.

Switch off all your appliances and electronics to prevent damage that could occur as the result of power surges while the power company is working to restore your electricity.

With temperatures lingering in the mid-20s, frozen pipes are possible, especially if you lose heat during the storm. Open the cabinets under your sinks and leave your water running at a trickle from all faucets. Moving water doesn’t freeze as easily, and this small step could help you avoid frozen or burst pipes.

Remember that, at T.Webber Plumbing, Heating, Air and Air Conditioning, we have expert technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any problems during or as the result of this storm, we’re always here to help! Call 845-288-2777 or 914-222-4626.

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