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Be prepared for colder temperature with these tips

With the potential of severe weather in the Borderland the next few days, it is important to remember the following tips.

These tips were provided by the Texas Department of Transportation and The Las Cruces Police Department.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions
Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice
Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet back if you are behind a snow plow
Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first
If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction then straighten your vehicle

Tips Offered for Safe Use of Furnaces, Fireplaces and Wood-burning Stoves

Fireplaces, wood stoves and furnaces should be installed according to manufacturers instructions and in accordance with all building codes.
Have your heating system, water heater, stove and other fuel-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician at least once a year.
Change heating furnace filters often to increase efficiency and avoid overworking the system.
Ensure adequate ventilation for fireplaces and wood stoves.
Use only the fuel thats recommended for the specific fireplace or stove.
Do not burn paper or paper products in a fireplace or wood-burning stove.
Check chimney or stovepipes often for creosote buildup and clean when needed.
Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
Use a metal container for removing ash and coals.
Never dispose hot ashes or coals into a dumpster or trash can.
Operate portable heaters according to manufacturers specifications and keep them, candles and cigarettes away from bedding, curtains and other combustibles.
Never use a portable heater near bathtubs, showers or other water sources.
Keep Christmas trees, decorations, furniture and other potentially combustible items away from fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and portable heaters.
Extinguish fireplaces, candles, stoves, and turn off all decorative lights prior to leaving home.
Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, chimineas or similar devices indoors.
Keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher in the home and know how to use it.
Call 911 and vacate the building immediately if you smell gas, toxic fumes or in case of fire.



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