Kent Fire: Be ready for icy/snowy roads; temperatures to drop

This week's drop in temperature is a reminder to everyone to take precautions both at home and while traveling.

After Monday, temperatures are expected to top out in the low 30s and be as cold as 22 degrees at night in the Seattle Metro area.

At home:

• Insulate exposed pipes and faucets to avoid costly damage once the pipes thaw.

• Check gas-powered generators and ensure they are in working order with enough fuel. Store gasoline in approved containers only

• Have salt or other de-icing material ready for drive/walkways.

• Clean out gutters. Clogged gutters can cause ice dams and costly damage. Use ladders with caution; consider professional help

• Have heating appliances professionally serviced.

• Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Change the batteries; vacuum them to remove dust

• Check on infirmed or elderly acquaintances regularly

When traveling:

• Have an emergency kit in the trunk that includes: flashlights; flares; battery jumper cables; aid kit; tire chains – make sure they are the correct size and that you know how to install them

• Check the spare tire and make sure it is ready.

• Service vehicle including: anti-freeze in radiator; belts and hoses; windshield wipers and wiper fluid; keep your fuel tank at least half-full

• Have a comfort kit that includes: warm clothing; food; water; entertainment for kids

• Keep your cell phone charged and have a 12v charger for the car

• Always notify others of your planned route and arrival time

• Check weather reports and for airport delays before leaving your home

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