Winter weather tips

January 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

203 2nd Avenue East Hendersonville

(828) 693-5605

* Duke Energy’s toll-free, automated outage reporting system at:

1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766). Spanish speaking customers should call 1-866-4APAGON (427-2466) for outage reporting assistance.

*Before Severe Weather Strikes

• Have a portable radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio on hand to monitor official weather forecasts and other important information for your area.

• Have a plan to move yourself and your family — especially those with special needs — to an alternate location in case you have to evacuate or experience an extended power outage.

• Keep a supply of water and non-perishable food items on hand.

• Ensure first aid supplies and all medicines are readily available.

• Make sure flashlights are readily available and working and that a supply of extra batteries is on hand.

• Consider the need for specialty items such as prescription medication, baby food, additional warm clothing and a safe heat source.

• Homeowners who depend on well water should draw an emergency water supply in case power to their electric water pumps is interrupted.

• If you have an emergency heating or power source, learn how to use it properly.

• Have at least one traditional analog phone in your home that does not require electricity to operate. Cordless phones and phones with built-in answering machines will not operate during a power outage.

During Severe Weather

• Continue to monitor the media for important information.

• If you anticipate an extended outage, consider moving yourself and your family — especially those with special needs — to an alternate location.

• Consider checking on others who may benefit from your assistance.

• Consider all downed power lines and anything touching them energized and DANGEROUS! Do not get near them and report the problem to Duke Energy.

• Don’t open freezers and refrigerators any more than absolutely necessary. Opening these appliances will allow food to thaw more quickly.

• During severe weather or power outages, turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This will reduce the potential for damage or fire. After the power is restored, wait 5 to 10 minutes before turning them back on.

*Source: Duke Energy

**Winter Weather Driving Tips

Driving safely on icy roads

• Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should

allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in

front of you.

• Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the

brake.

• Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

• Keep your lights and windshield clean.

• Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

• Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

• Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads,

which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions

are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like

bridges.

• Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility,

and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

• Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and

front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

If your rear wheels skid

• Take your foot off the accelerator.

• Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are

sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.

• If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering

wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to

get your vehicle completely under control.

• If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.

• If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady

pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.

If your front wheels skid

• Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer

immediately.

• As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return.

As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in

“drive” or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

If you get stuck

• Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.

• Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.

• Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.

• Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.

• Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get

traction.

• Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner’s manual first — it can damage the

transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again.

Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets

going.

**Source: SC Highway Patrol

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