Vermonters encouraged to check heating vents and drive safe
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning and is predicting up to 18-inches of snow for areas of southern Vermont between Thursday morning and Friday evening. NWS is also expecting gusty winds which could create snow drifts and present challenges in areas where there is less snowfall.
With snow on the ground and more expected, all Vermonters are encouraged to check heating vents to ensure they are clear of snow and venting properly. A blocked vent can cause deadly carbon monoxide (CO) to enter the home. CO is colorless and odorless and can cause injury or death. All homeowners are advised to have working carbon monoxide detectors in the home and to get out and call for help if it sounds. Symptoms of CO poisoning include lethargy and nausea.
Travelers should check forecasts before heading out and drive appropriately for conditions. Slow down and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to allow for extra braking distance. Clear all snow from your car so your visibility is not impeded and you don’t present a hazard to other drivers.
Other things to remember during snow storms:
Be a good neighbor – Check in on elderly or other neighbors who may need assistance.
Don’t overdo it – When clearing snow take frequent breaks. Shoveling is strenuous work and can lead to a number of health problems ranging from a back injury to cardiac issues.
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Weather and other resources:
National Weather Service Albany (Forecast office for Bennington and Windham counties): http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/aly/
National Weather Service Burlington (Rest of Vermont): http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/btv/
Road conditions: www.511vt.com
Media Contact: Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS, 802-839-6717 or 800-347-0488