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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 10 - January 16, 1997.29 Red Cross offers life saving tips for frigid weather The American Red Cross advis- es families across the country to take steps now to prepare for win- ter's worst. As sub-zero temperatures sweep across midwest states and snow storms force travelers to seek safe haven in northern states, Red Cross officials emphasize that the conditions now striking the coun- try are life-threatening and must be taken seriously. According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Associa- tion, 37.6 percent of home fires occur during the winter months. In December through February, heating fires account for one-third of all home fires compared with less than one home fire in the other months. Many deaths and injuries during winter storms can be attributed to the use of candles during power outages and to the improper use of space heaters. To help deal with these condi dons, Red Cross officials offer the following information: Stay tuned to warnings Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and your local radio and "IV sta- tions for updated storm informa- tion. Know what winter storm "watch" and "warning" mean. • A winter storm watch means a winter storm is possible in your area. • A winter storm warning means a winter storm is headed for your area. • A blizzard warning means strong winds, blinding wind-dri- ven snow, and dangerous wind chill are expected. Seek shelter immediately! When a winter storm watch is issued: • Listen to NOAA Radio, local radio and TV stations or cable TV such as The Weather Channel for updates. Be alert to changing weather conditions and avoid unnecessary travel. When a winter storm warning is issued: • Stay indoors during the storm. If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs. • Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin. • As the wind increases, heat is carried away from a person's body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature. • Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks. • After the storm, if you shovel snow, be extremely careful. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks. Avoid over-exer- tion. To assist families in making preparations and dealing with dangerous conditions, the Red Cross has the following sugges- tions: Prepare disaster kits • Extra blankets • Each member of your house- hold should have a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, and water- resistant boots. - First aid kit and essential med- ications. • Battery operated NOAA Weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries. • Canned food and can opener. • Bottled water. (at least one gallon of water per person per day to last at least three days). • Because clothing often gets wet, have extra warm clothing, including boots, mittens and a hat. If the power goes off in your home: • Use a battery-powered radio to find out official information about the storm. • Turn off electrical appliances that were on when the power went off to avoid a power surge and possible damage to them when power is restored. • If power will be out a long time, consider going to a Red Cross shelter, hotel or someone else's home, but only after the roads are passable and authorities say it is safe to travel. • Use flashlights to see. Do not use candles because they greatly increase the chances of having a fire in your home. Candles are easily forgotten or knocked over, and it's too easy for children to play with them when you're not looking. Be cautious with heaters • Use equipment that is approved for use indoors. • Keep combustible materials, including furniture, drapes and carpeting at least three feet away from the heat source. • Always keep an eye on the equipment. Never leave children alone in the room where a space heater is running. Turn it off when you are unable to closely monitor it. • If you use a space heater that uses kerosene or other fuel, refill it outside and only after it has completely cooled. MMH holding breast feeding class Jan. 29 Milford Memorial Hospital's Women's Care Department will host a breast feeding class on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Women's Care Center's educational classroom on the hospital's fourth floor. Tips on getting started with breast feeding or feeding the baby with a bottle will be presented. Facilitators will also teach how to pre- pare formula and bottles. The class is free. For more information, call the Women's Care Center's hotline at (302) 424-5739. • Dry mittens, gloves, socks and scarves in a clothes dryer. Do not drape them over the heater to dry. Travelers are especially subject- ed to winter storm conditions and need to take appropriate precau- tions prior to leaving home: Avoid traveling by car • Stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety. • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna - preferably red - for rescuers. • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car. • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so you can be seen. • Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air. • As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circu- lating and to stay warm. 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