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City of Abilene Emergency Management encourages winter weather safety

The City of Abilene Office of Emergency Management is encouraging people to avoid unnecessary travel and stay inside.
From the City of Abilene:

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Office of Emergency Management is encouraging people to avoid unnecessary travel and stay inside.  Weather for the next three days is forecasted to be very cold with temperatures forecasted to be well below freezing with low wind chill values.
If possible, people should stay inside and avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Do not use stoves or ovens to heat the home.
  • Place space heaters on a hard, level, nonflammable surface.  Do not put space heaters on rugs or carpets, near bedding or drapes, and keep children and pets away. 
  • Turn off space heaters or extinguish the fireplace before going to bed or leaving home. 
  • Keep all flammable materials such as newspapers, matches, bedding, clothing, carpets and rugs at least three feet away from heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces and stoves.

If someone must go outside, they should wear layered lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Covering the mouth will protect the lungs. 

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