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January 29, 2010

Extension issues winter weather advisory

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With impending winter weather expected across the state this weekend, N.C. Cooperative Extension specialists at N.C. State University offer some tips on preventing injuries or illness associated with winter storms and the potential for power outages.

Resources have been posted to Cooperative Extension’s disaster page at www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster. Other winter storm resources from the national Extension Disaster Education Network are online at eden.lsu.edu/Topics/Hazards/SnowIce/Pages/default.aspx.

For a complete list of Cooperative Extension experts who can speak about disaster, visit: www.ces.ncsu.edu/disaster/media/experts.html.

Avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning
During a winter power failure, families may be tempted to stay warm and prepare meals by bringing a gas or charcoal grill indoors. This information sheet from the Centers for Disease Control explains the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from indoor grilling.

Preventing frozen pipes
Having faucets dripping during sub-freezing weather can prevent frozen pipes in exterior walls.
These resources, above, are provided by Dr. Sarah Kirby, Cooperative Extension housing specialist, 919-515-9154 or sarah_kirby@ncsu.edu.

Food safety during winter storms
When the power goes out, the clock starts ticking on foods in refrigerators and freezers. Keeping appliance doors closed as much as possible during an outage can help protect your food from spoilage. Dr. Ben Chapman offers tips on knowing what’s safe to eat and preparing meals when the power is out.
Dr. Ben Chapman, Cooperative Extension food safety specialist, 919-809-3205 or ben_chapman@ncsu.edu

Driving on snow and ice
Those unfamiliar with driving in a winter storm can be caught off guard. While the best advice is often to avoid driving in winter weather, Dr. Andrew Behnke offers tips for those who must go out.
Dr. Andrew Behnke, Cooperative Extension specialist working with Hispanic families, 919-515-9156 or 919-559-8288 or andrew_behnke@ncsu.edu

Landscape damage
Trees and shrubs are often damaged by winter storms. Dr. Barbara Fair, North Carolina Cooperative Extension landscape specialist, can answer questions about dealing with damaged trees and shrubs.
Dr. Barbara Fair, Cooperative Extension landscape specialist, 919-513-2804, 919-772-5566 or 919-749-2011 (mobile) or barbara_fair@ncsu.edu

Agriculture
North Carolina is a major producer of both pigs and poultry (chickens and turkeys). Because these animals are typically raised in buildings, a winter storm is unlikely to have an impact, unless there are power outages. Farm animals such as cattle, goats and sheep, on the other hand, are typically kept in pastures and could be impacted by winter weather. Dr. Matt Poore, Cooperative Extension livestock commodity coordinator and ruminant nutrition specialist, can answer questions about cattle, goats and sheep. Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, Cooperative Extension specialist, can answer questions about goats and sheep.
Dr. Matt Poore, 919-515-7798 or matt_poore@ncsu.edu
Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, 919-515-8743 or jean-marie_luginbuhl@ncsu.edu

Posted by Natalie at January 29, 2010 11:01 AM