Mt. Morris – With the winter storm upon us, the Livingston County Department of Health reminds people of many protective measures they can take to ensure the health of themselves and their families. The best way to stay safe is to stay in your home. At home, follow these general guidelines to conserve heat and stay safe:
• Listen to your radio or television for updates and weather reports.
• Eat regularly and drink ample fluids (avoid caffeine and alcohol).
• Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to
• If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
Residents are advised to drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, consider the following:
• Travel in the day, don’t travel alone, and keep others informed of your schedule.
• Stay on main roads; avoid back road shortcuts.
• Take an emergency car kit with you including items like a shovel and windshield scraper, a flashlight and extra batteries, water and snacks, a first aid kit, blankets, road salt, and a fluorescent distress flag.
For more information, please contact the Livingston County Department of Health at 243-7299 or visit our website at www.livingstoncounty.us/doh.htm.