4th-Keegan Harper-West Plains
9th-Joan Kellet-Mammoth Spring
10th-Hunter Carr-Mammoth Spring
11th-Courtney Gale-West Plains
16th-Dina Robinson-Mammoth Spring
17th-Justin Dillard-Mammoth Spring
22nd-Bubba Smith-Mammoth Spring
COLD WEATHER TIPS FROM ECNN
Keep the Heat in and the Cold Out of your House
Caulking around the frames of doors and windows will cut down cold air. Using self sticking weather stripping around the frame of your doors will also seal out the cold. Check the bottom of exterior doors-do you feel cold air? Block it with a draft stopper or roll up a towel and keep at the bottom. Your feet will thank you!
Is your house well insulated? One way to tell if you live in an older home is to remove a switch or electric outlet cover. You should be able to see insulation if it’s there. Many people are not aware of how much cold air comes through those outlets and light switches. Insulation specifically cut to fit behind the covers will seal that air out!
Putting plastic over windows from the inside or the outside of your home will not only save you money on heating but will keep the drafts out. Older homes especially do not have good double pane windows unless they have been replaced.
Crawl spaces usually have vents-they should be closed in the winter and open in the summer. If there are not ‘working’ vents, block off with anything you can find such as a scrap piece of lumber or even heavy cardboard and hold in place with a cement block or any other heavy item. Keeping the cold from under your house will help save your pipes also.
If you have a stove or fireplace in your home that is not ever used heat could be going right up the chimney. If possible, close off the chimney from the outside with a large trash bag or a cover purchased from a hardware store. If nothing else, cover from the inside to keep the heat in and the cold out. If you do use that source from time to time, just cover from the inside for easy removal.
Electric Space Heater Safety Tips
When using electric space heaters, NEVER plug into an extension cord or a power strip. Always plug directly into the wall outlet.
Follow the manufacture’s instructions on safe and proper usage of you space heater.
If you have purchased a used electric space heater, look it over and test it well before using. Here are some things to look for:
Is the cord and plug in good condition? Inspect the cord from one end to the other and discard if there are any breaks or wires showing in the cord.
Look inside through the vents-if dust is visible, use canned compressed air to clean out or a blower valve on an air compressor. (this is also good to do to any heaters that have been stored away for the season)
Keeping away from any rugs or carpet, preferably outdoors on concrete-plug your used space heater into an outlet and turn on highest setting then turn it over on purpose. Did it shut off? Older space heaters do not have this automatic shut-off feature. Use your best judgment in using an older heater without this feature.
Always set your space heater several feet away from any furniture, drapes or any other materials that have the potential to catch on fire.
Never leave a space heater unattended.
Unplug any space heaters when hot in use.
Do not use electric space heaters in a bedroom. A blanket or clothing tossed carelessly over one WILL catch fire. DO NOT leave small children unattended in a room with a space heater. The danger of burns to the child or toys nearby could catch fire.
Cold Weather Emergency Kit for yourself and your vehicle
If you travel during winter weather or even have a longer than normal commute back and forth to work-keeping some emergency items in your vehicle is a smart idea. A backpack is a great thing to have to hold personal items you might need if you should become stranded. Keep this attainable in your back seat. Bottled water and some energy bars A good flashlight and extra batteries A Survival Blanket Hand warmer packets *Some matches, Tea Light candles and a tin can. **A whistle A First Aid kit or at least some Band-aids and/or bandages and medicine A car charger for your cell phone (keep your phone charged in advance of travel)
*Now this is an old trick that works. Any candle can be used but the candle must be shorter than the can so tea light works well. The flame will warm the can so sit in a safe place in your vehicle where it won’t fall over. Don’t burn yourself. The can will get hot and that’s heat for you. You will need to allow some fresh air into the vehicle from time to time because the fire is going to burn the oxygen up, but the heat from a candle is more than you would think! And…the candle flame will help thaw a sip of water from the bottle because it is likely frozen. Just don’t melt your bottle. **If you’ve slid off the road out of sight, the sound from blowing the whistle will travel farther than the sound of your voice.
There are many Vehicle Survival Kits available on line and in some stores. But you can build your own from many items you may already own. Keep these in your trunk. A bag of kitty litter (works well to give traction to get un-stuck) A small shovel Jumper Cables Insulated Work Gloves Emergency Flasher and extra batteries or flares A strip of RED fabric or a red bandana (tie to antenna or hang out door or window as an emergency signal to other motorists and police)