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Tips to stay safe during icy conditions

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — With icy conditions throughout the city, many organizations are giving tips on how to stay safe.

Before you hit the road, check their current conditions with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s travel status map for updated travels warnings and watches.

If have lost power, you can report an outage online and check the latest restoration information via IndianaMichiganPower.com/Outages.

The Indiana State Police Department gave the following travel tips:

  • Before leaving check the weather forecast and let someone know your route of travel.
  • Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.
  • Carry a winter survival kit in your car which is to include: blankets, extra warm clothes, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and protein or energy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.
  • Do not leave your car if stranded, it is your best protection. Don’t panic, as an idling car only uses an average of one gallon of gas per hour.
  • Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.
  • Make sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • At night, leave your dome light on.
  • Always have your cell phone and a charger so you can call and let us know where you’re located.

To stay warm, different local churches and organizations are serving as warming shelters. See a list of local warming shelters here. The SPCA also reminds those to follow these tips to keep your animals safe.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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