Polk County Sheriff’s Office Participates In Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week


>>>AND NOW MORE NEWS>>DENNIS: THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER IS AIMED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PREPARE FOR WINTER HAZARDS BEFORE THE SEASON BEGINS. REPORTER MALAAK KHATTAB TELLS US ABOUT MINNESOTA’S HAZARD AWARENESS WEEK. APZ THE WEATHER HAS BEEN GETTING OLDER, AND ALTHOUGH IT HASN’T SNOWED DRASTICALLY YET, WE ALL KNOW TOO WELL THAT WINTER IS COMING. THAT’S WHY THE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PARTNERED WITH MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO BRING AWARENESS AND INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE WINTER SEASON AND HOW TO PLAN AHEAD.>>WE’VE BEEN PUTTING OUT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ON JUST INFORMATION ON WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WINTER AND THE WEATHER AND SOME THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR. >>Reporter: INFORMATION LIKE DRESSING APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WINTER WEATHER TO THE DANGERS FROM HEATING SOURCES AND VENTILATION ISSUES THAT CAN OCCUR INDOORS. NATHAN ROSH WITH THE OFFICE SAYS THE MOST COMMON INDOOR SAFETY CONCERN THAT OCCURS DURING THE WINTER ARE MONITORING CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS. HE SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A COUPLE OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS AROUND THE HOME. >>RUNNING HEATERS, FURNACES, A LOT OF THEM ARE GAS OR PROPANE, SO CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. BECAUSE THAT’S THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF THERE’S CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK IN YOUR HOME. SO WE RECOMMEND GETTING THOSE INSTALLED. >>Reporter: AS FOR THE OUTDOORS, RASH SAYS IT’S CRITICAL TO STAY WARM AS FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR WHEN EXPOSED TO COLD WEATHER. HE SAYS GLOVES, FACE MASKS, SCARVES AND LAYERING CLOTHES IS KEY TO STAYING DRY. RASH SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER THE DANGERS OF THIN ICE. >>WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND NOT TO TRUST ICE WITHOUT TESTING IT FIRST. ICE CAN BE DECEIVING. WHAT GOOD ICE LOOKS LIKE IS IT LOOKS CLEAR, NOT A LOT OF — NOT SLUSHY OR SNOWY. IT LOOKS SOLID AND CLEAR. >>Reporter: ANOTHER MAJOR WINTER HAZARD IS DRIVING. RASH SAYS THAT DRIVERS NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND TO BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT OTHER DRIVERS ON THE ROAD.>>WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO START THINKING ABOUT IT BECAUSE WINTER’S RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. WE’RE GONNA GET SNOW AND WE’RE GONNA GET ICE, AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE EDUCATED AND TALK ABOUT IT. >>Reporter: RASH SAYS HE HOPES PEOPLE TAKE THE INFORMATION AS A WAY TO PREPARE THEIR MIND AND REFRESH THEIR WINTER SAFETY

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