Halifax EMC

Five Precautions to take during winter weather

  1. Prevent your pipes from freezing by allowing faucets to drip during extreme  cold.

  2. Place space heaters on a solid surface at least three feet away from anything flammable. Always turn off space heaters before leaving the room or going to sleep.

  3. Never leave a fireplace unless its embers are completely extinguished, and use a fire screen to catch sparks and rolling logs.

  4. Generators should be placed in an open and ventilated area. They should never be operated inside a home—including in spaces like the basement and garage—due to the danger of inhaling carbon monoxide fumes.

  5. Never touch a downed power line or try to remove trees or limbs from lines. Call 911 or alert your electric cooperative.

For more tips, check the North Carolina Emergency Management website.