Nichole Hannahs

Staff Safe in Winter Weather

by Nichole Hannahs on December 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

The Energy Cooperative in Newark said that the severe winter weather that has included wet snow, sleet, freezing rain and winds has the potential to cause power outages through their service territory.

The Cooperative said it takes about one half an inch of build up of snow and ice to snap tree limbs causing them to fall and bring down power lines.

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross said in the event of a power outage you should have a plan in place.

"Make sure you have at least a gallon of water per person for 3 to 5 days and in case of power outages you’re going to want food that you can easily open and nothing you’d have to cook obviously."

With the snow make sure that your sidewalks are clean and help out any neighbors that need assistance. Henderson said to watch yourself if you’re out shoveling.

"When you’re out shoveling try and stay ahead of it. The snow is coming down really quick so you might want to go out and shovel a few different times to stay ahead of it and as you’re doing it take a break," suggested Henderson.

It’s also suggested to check snow emergency levels before leaving your home and if you are out driving make sure your car is stocked with water, snacks and blankets in case you find yourself stuck in the winter mess.