Sgt. Sylvia Jennings with Texas DPS joined us to talk safety during the snowfall.
Texans are urged to follow these winter weather safety tips:
Monitor local weather broadcasts and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions, at http://www.weather.gov/.
If possible, avoid unnecessary travel when sleet, freezing rain or snow is predicted
If you must travel, allow extra time to reach your destination.
Monitor road conditions by visiting www.drivetexas.org or by calling 1-800-452-9292.
On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance required for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.
Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
Insulate outside faucets and pipes near outer walls.
Make sure that furnaces, heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves are clean, well-ventilated and in good working condition.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, NEVER operate generators and other fuel-powered devices inside a home or an enclosed space, such as a garage. The deadly odorless, colorless gas is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned, with sources including motor vehicle engines, generators and fuel-burning appliances or heating systems. Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector.
Make arrangements for proper shelter and an emergency supply of food and water for your pets and livestock.
Stock up on firewood and supplies, including canned goods and bottled water.
If you will be away from home for a long period of time, set your thermostat to 55 degrees or higher and open cabinets under sinks.
Make sure you have inclement weather contact numbers for schools and work.
Check on friends and family members whose health or age may put them at greater risk from cold weather.
Sign up for your local emergency notification system.
During the winter season, residents can contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline, to check on possible community-established warming centers or related services in their area. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources.