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Health Tip: Prepare for a Winter Storm
Wear clothing in layers
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- When a winter storm is headed your way, taking a few precautions can help keep you safe.

The American Red Cross suggests how to prepare for a winter storm:

  • Wear lightweight clothing in layers, mittens and a hat that covers your ears.
  • Wear a pair of insulated, waterproof boots that offer traction, protection and warmth.
  • Try not to travel. If you must be on the road, pack a disaster supply kit.
  • If you have an all-weather radio, keep it on.
  • Prepare your car for winter, and make sure your gas tank is full.
  • Install storm windows or plastic coverings on the windows. Have heating equipment serviced annually.
  • Provide protection for outdoor animals, or bring pets indoors.
  • Run a trickle of water to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Make sure any fuel-burning equipment vents to the outside.
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