|The Houston Fire Department Offers some Safe Tips as the Temperatures Dip Below Freezing|
The Houston Fire Department urges citizens to take proper precautions as we enter a period of sub-freezing temperatures. The following tips serve as reminders to keep you safe during this time.
Please remember not to place space heaters to close to bedding, furniture or items such as newspaper that can ignite quickly. The simple rule is “Space heaters need Space” to operate correctly.
Working in the Cold
If you must work in cold weather, please take precautions including:
o Wear warm , dry, clean clothing to manage heat retention
o Drink water to remain hydrated
o Consume warm foods to maintain energy
o Drink warm tea, chocolate, even warm water for heat and energy retention
If you must work outdoors in the cold, alternate between work and warm up sessions.
Be Alert to Road Conditions
In the freeze event that occurred on Friday, February 4, 2011, the Houston Fire Department responded to over 400 accidents. Please monitor media for road conditions. If you must drive, leave early and give yourself plenty of time.
Be Prepared in the event of Rolling Brownouts
If you use electronic home health care devices, please review your back-up power generation plan. Make sure all battery backups are working as they should.
The Houston Fire Department responded to over 35 elevator rescues during rolling power brownouts on Friday, February 4th, 2011.