Preparing for an upcoming ice storm

Advice for winter weather and upcoming ice storm

Remember these tips if you run into problems during the ice storm in the Kansas City metro area from

-If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

-Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

-If stuck on the road, stay where you are to avoid exposure if rescue is likely, if a safe location is nearby or visible, if you do not have the right clothing or you do not have the ability to call for help.

-If you are stuck on the road, pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window.

-Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.