Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Groundhog Runs For Cover From Winter Weather

Written by Krisleigh Hoermann, Volunteer Contributor

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Well, I’m not exactly sure, but he would surely have more time to wood chuck if his shadow didn’t frighten him back into hibernation.
Since winter is supposed to stick around for six more weeks (and we are still defrosting from last year’s February weather), I thought it would be a nice time to brush up on some winter weather tips… just in case the groundhog is right.
  • Layer it up! Opt for lightweight layers to stay warm instead of a single heavy coat. You know the saying: “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, stay 15 minutes and it’ll change.” Of course, don’t forget a hat and gloves to prevent loss of body heat.
  • If you encounter ice or snow, break out insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry to maintain your footing on the ice and snow.
  • Avoid driving in a snow storm, but if you do:
    • Bring your Red Cross Ready kit in your car
    • Keep your gas tank full for emergency use
    • Let someone know where you are going, when you should arrive and the route your taking
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • Use power generators correctly – read the instructions. Then, follow them.
  • Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. If you are using a space heater, follow the instructions.
  • Keep a glass or metal fire screen around the fireplace and never leave a fireplace fire unattended.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Bring them indoors to keep them safe and warm.
The American Red Cross has full tips and instructions on preparing for inclement weather, preparing your home and car and much more information in both english and spanish to get you Red Cross Ready.  


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