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Sun. May 28th 2017
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WEST RICHLAND, WA.-- Benton Count Fire District 4 and Benton County Fire District 2 were called to the scene of a fire near Harrington Road on Saturday night. Right now, firefighters are not aware of ...
Fri. Jan 27th 2017
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Usually, it’s a call that clears the Benton Fire District 2 hall. This week it was for soccer practice.After weeks of practice being canceled because of snow and frigid cold, three teams with th...
Sun. Jul 31st 2016
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Range 12 fire 90% contained, 176,600 acres of Yakima, Benton counties scorched.Firefighters gained more ground Wednesday on the Range 12 Fire burning across Yakima and Benton counties, bringing contai...
Thu. Jul 14th 2016
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Fire crews say the brush fire along Chandler Ridge near Benton City scorched about 4,000 acres Thursday night. Benton County Fire District #2 says 15 districts responded to fight the fire Thursday aft...
Sat. Jul 2nd 2016
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Benton County Fire District #4 says overnight, fireworks started a brush fire in the area of Belmont and W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland. Flames burned about 5 acres. Fortunately, no one was hurt a...
Winter Home Preparation

Winter Storm Home Preparation

Our homes provide protection from the elements, but we still need to be diligent to keep our families safe during winter storms. Here are some tips to beat off any Winter Headache Issues. 

1. Prepare those Pipes…

During the winter, then a highly functioning furnace and hot water heater are vital to keeping our home and families warm. The pipes and vents that move air and water throughout the house are equally important.
 

  • Insulate Pipes… Many people look to insulate their pipes as part of the winterization process, but it is important to prepare the pipes for the worst case scenario with snowstorms approaching. To insulate pipes, then find a covering that protects your hand from the hot pipe and keeps the heat within the pipe.
  • If a pipe does burst, then know where the main water valve is located so you can shut off the water supply and call a pro to help.
  • Heat Pipes to Keep Water Flowing… In the event that pipes freeze, then it is important to warm them up so no further damage to your home occurs. There are a variety of heat sources that can get the job done:
  • “Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, electric heat tape to thaw frozen pipes that have not burst.”

 

Further, to help reduce the chance of pipes freezing, then they should be used continuously throughout the winter. 

Although it may seem like a waste, let water trickle from any faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces. The amount of water that will flow through the pipes is very small compared to a burst pipe. Consider keeping your toilets flowing as well.

Additionally, because water is so vital to safety, be sure to save some water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Eating snow is a dangerous way to hydrate, and can lead to a case of hypothermia.


2. Healthy House Tips…

Take precaution to prepare pipes for winter helps ensure the safety of the inside of our homes. There are also a few ways to keep the outside of our homes safe during storms as well.
 

  • De-Ice or Pay the Price… For those homeowners that need to shovel, then ice melt is almost a miracle worker. Finding ways to de-ice your driveway, steps and walkways is very important to keep your property safe. There are ice melt solutions in the store or you can make your own with basic household materials.

 

Many people associate de-icer solutions with breaking up ice on car windshield. While that is true, apply the same solution to your shovels to help prevent the snow from sticking.

For another easy DIY de-ice recipe, then simply combine rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle and you are on your way. Vinegar and water also works.


3. Awesome Automobile Tips…

Driving in the snow is pretty dangerous. Many people take precaution and the roads remain fairly safe. Like driving in the snow, it is always a good idea to proceed with caution.
 

  • Embrace Emergency Kits… Emergency kits should be in every car. The basics include:
    • Blanket and/or Sleeping Bag
    • Flashlight with Extra Batteries
    • Flares and/or Reflective Triangles
    • First Aid Kit
    • Extra winter clothes (hats, scarves, gloves)
    • Non-Perishable Snacks (granola bars) and Bottled Water


The good thing about emergency kits is simple – they don’t go bad (maybe double check the extra batteries each year). They act a little like insurance; you don’t need them until you need them.
 

  • Subtle Safety Strategies… Emergency kits are great, but what about those snowstorms that develops during work hours? Here are a couple of ingenious ways to ensure you can get into your car and get home safely:
  • Use Hand Sanitizer on Your Door Lock – the alcohol works to melt the ice that covers the lock (a match or lighter works as well)
  • Apply Shaving Cream Inside your Windows – the active ingredients in shaving cream are similar to commercial de-foggers, so apply a layer and wipe it clean every so often during the winter.
  • Keep Cat Litter in the Car – whether you have a cat or not, keep a bag in your car because it helps absorb moisture overnight and doubles as extra traction if you are stuck in some ice.



4. DON'T FORGET THE PETS!

They may have a nice, warm fur coat but they are still susceptible to these winter conditions. Help make them safe as well! Fresh water and plenty of food. Provide some sort of refuge from the cold. Even if you have to bring them in, it is only for a day or two. They will love you and everyone will be safe. 


Here are some helpful articles about getting prepared… 
https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-protect-your-home-during-extreme-cold-weather/
http://solvitnow.com/7-snow-storm-tips-to-protect-your-home/


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