Friday, February 8, 2013

Tips on Being a Good Neighbor in the Storm


As winter-storm “Nemo” approaches, the CHCMC would like to encourage you to stay warm and safe. We have compiled 10 tips to see you through the storm. We’d like to thank Susan Fox from Park Slope Parents and Con Edison New York for their contributions to this list.



1.     Be there for each other. Remember to check on neighbors who may have particular trouble during the storm, including the elderly, those with very young children, and those with disabilities. If you are going out for supplies, offer to pick something up for them.
2.     Be a conscientious citizen. Keep your sidewalks cleared. Divide up the shoveling between you and your neighbors, to lessen the burden for each.
3.     Be gentle to your body. Stretch your back before shoveling, and don’t over-exert yourself.
4.     Be mindful of pets. Don’t leave pets out in the cold too long, and if you see a pet out in the cold try to ensure its safe arrival indoors.
5.     Be prepared. Charge your cell-phone and fill up some pitchers with water in case of power-outage. Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are in working order, and have a set of extra batteries.
6.     Be careful. Avoid downed power-lines, and never touch them with your hands or any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside and wait for emergency personnel.
7.     Be a reporter. If you see downed power lines, you can report them by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) or visiting www.coned.com/ReportOutage. When reporting an outage, you should, if possible, have your Con Edison account number available, and report whether your neighbors have also lost power.
8.     Be forward-thinking. If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
9.     Be aware. Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
10. Be merry. Take advantage of the fresh snow. Pull on your boots and take a walk, go sledding, make snowballs and snowmen and then… a hot drink!

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