Farber: In a winter storm, best plan is to stay inside

Rantoul Press columnist

It finally arrived, the presidential election of 2012. What a trying and stressful time for all of us, and now with a final decision we as Americans have to unite together and work hard together to bring our country back from the deep cover of this current recession.

As I have written in this column before, “In God we trust” should be in all of us, and we will as a people and country be blessed.

Old Man Winter is getting closer and closer, so here are some winter tips that I usually pass along to you about keeping safe in winter storms.

Indoor safety
•     If possible, stay indoors and dress warmly.
•     Close off unused rooms.
•     Seal drafts from doors and windows.
•     Avoid unnecessary opening of doors or windows.
•     Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
•     Listen to your radio, television or NOAA weather radio for weather reports and emergency     information.

If there is a power failure:
•     Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
•     Never leave lit candles unattended.
•     Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors — the fumes are deadly.

Outdoor safety
•     Find shelter.
•     Cover all exposed body parts.
•     Build shelter: a lean-to, windbreak or snow cave for protection from the wind.
•     Build a fire for heat and to attract attention.
•     Place rocks around fire to absorb and reflect heat.
•     Melt snow for drinking water; eating snow will lower your body temperature.
•     Avoid overexertion.
•     Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extremely cold air.
•     Avoid working too hard (strains your heart).
•     Drink water and other fluids to avoid dehydration.
•     Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
•     Drink warm liquids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol.
•     Avoid walking on ice.

If you are trapped in your car in a winter storm:
•     Stay in the car.
•     Do not leave the car to look for help unless help is visible within 100 yards.
•     Display a “call for help” sign.
•     Raise the car hood or hang a brightly colored cloth on the antenna to signal for help.
•     To keep warm, turn on the car’s engine for about 10 minutes each hour.
•     Run the heater and turn on the car lights only when the car is running. (Avoid running the car battery down.)
•     Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow. (Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.)
•     Slightly open a window away from the blowing wind for fresh air.
•     Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.
•     As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
•     If you’re alone, stay awake as much as possible.
•     If more than one person is in the car, take turns sleeping.
•     For warmth, huddle close together.
•     Wrap your body and head with extra clothes, blankets, newspapers, maps, or removable car mats.

I now leave you with the following quotes. There are a lot of them, but you will be able to handle them; you handled a long campaign and may they bring a smile to your face.

“Politicians and diapers have one thing common. They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.” Unknown author

“You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.” George W. Bush

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.” Robert Byrne

“I want to thank my friend, Sen. Bill Frist, for joining us today. You’re doing a heck of a job. You cut your teeth here, right? That’s where you started practicing? That’s good. He married a Texas girl. I want you to know Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me.” George W. Bush

“If you can’t convince them, confuse them.” Harry S. Truman

“The problem with political jokes is they get elected.” Anonymous author

Paul Farber is chief of the Rantoul Police Department.


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