CHICAGO – As the winter months approach state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, is reminding residents to begin preparing for extreme cold, snow and ice as early as possible.
“Every year, we face health and safety concerns due to the extreme cold, snow and ice,” said Collins, “However, there are always ways we can better prepare for this winter weather we know comes our way each year.”
Collins recommends that every family prepare vehicle emergency supply kits for winter travel. These kits include blankets, flashlights with extra batteries, first aid kits, bottles of water, sand or cat litter and a cell phone charger. Home heating dangers are also a major concern in colder months. Carbon monoxide poisoning can build up indoors from poor ventilation while using furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, or a dryer. Be sure to check carbon monoxide detectors frequently and read the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe use. Additionally, keep flammable objects at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters and candles.
“Being prepared for winter is not expensive or time consuming,” Collins said. “By taking extra steps to be prepared this year, you can keep you and your family safe as the weather cools down.”