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Make Sure Your Home and Vehicle are WINTER READY…

November 15, 2010

Mark Peterson, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator 425-430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Renton Fire & Emergency Services Offers Preparedness Tips and Classes

RENTON:  – With above-average rainfall, increased snow pack and lower temperatures being predicted for this winter, residents and businesses are being encouraged to take steps now to be prepared.  When winter storms hit the Pacific Northwest, high winds and heavy snow can topple trees, create power outages and make driving conditions hazardous. In previous winter storms, many local families have been left without power and basic supplies for days or have been stranded in their cars until help could arrive.

“Preparedness is the best way for our residents and businesses to remain safe during winter storms,” said Mark Peterson, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator.  “A few simple precautions taken now, before adverse winter weather hits can mean the difference between being simply inconvenienced and being in a very real disastrous situation.”

Follow the tips below to protect your home and family this winter:

  • Put together emergency supply kits for home, work and automobiles
  • Know where to get emergency information and weather updates
  • Have furnace, fireplace/chimney and heaters checked and/or serviced by a professional
  • Clean out gutters, downspouts and storm drains
  • Insulate pipes and cover outdoor faucets
  • Change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors per the manufacture’s recommendations; test them each month
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case pipes burst)
  • Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires
  • Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors or employees
  • Avoid driving in severe winter storms or heavy rains when possible
  • Keep vehicle fuel tanks full
  • Have your vehicle serviced and add traction tires, chains, sand/cat litter for better traction

A great way to learn how to be prepared is by signing up for classes currently being offered through the Renton Emergency Preparedness Academy (REPA).   A complete list of REPA classes is available in the latest edition of the What’s Happening publication. For additional information and answers to questions about preparedness call the Office of Emergency Management at 425 430-7000.