With the winter storm here, there’s always the potential for events such as power outages or getting stuck in the snow while out driving.
Here are some tips to consider if you ever have a power outage connected to a storm like this:
- Unplug some of your major appliances. When the power comes back on, all of those appliances can create a drain or power surge, which can harm sensitive equipment.
- If you have a generator, do not connect it to your home’s power system unless it has been properly installed and disconnects you from the main power grid when it is operating.
- If you have a regular wood stove or fireplace, you can use it for heat. However, do not use kerosene heaters, BBQs, or any outdoor type heater inside. They create poisonous gases like carbon monoxide.
AAA is also offering some tips if you do have to dig out your car today and drive in the snow.
They say to never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. Also, make certain your tires are properly inflated.
Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up and do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface
“This is the type of weather we tell people 'make sure you have emergency kits in your car,” said New York State Police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel. “Jumper cables, extra batteries, extra coats, blankets, gloves because you don't know long, whether your vehicle breaks down, the engine's not working, no heat. We don't know how long you're going to be there."
If your vehicle gets stuck in the snow, here is some advice on how to get yourself out using the “CATS” method.
Clear a path
Give your tires some room to roll and get as much as you can from underneath the vehicle. It is especially important to clear the exhaust so the car doesn’t fill with backed up fumes.
If you are going to be driving in this stuff, carry kitty litter or sand and spread it in front and behind the tires.
You can also get more traction if you deflate your tires a little.
Straighten your wheels
Rock the vehicle back and forth, do not gun it. Go lightly. If your tires get too hot you might just dig yourself deeper.