Hundreds of Rhode Islanders spent time in shelters across the state after Friday's severe winter storm.
According to the Red Cross, more than 140 people spent Sunday night in the five Red Cross shelters throughout Rhode Island.
Paul Shipman, spokesman for the American Red Cross, said shelters will remain open until power is restored and people can return home.
“Locations may change as needs evolve," he said in a statement. "Call 211 for latest shelter information.”
The Red Cross is also urging people to use caution when traveling today, as light rain and ice may contribute to dangerous roadway conditions.
For those working on clean-up efforts at their homes, Red Cross offered these safety tips:
If you are using a snow blower to clear your property, the Red Cross reminds residents that snow blowers are powerful tools and dangerous if used improperly. Remember to always shut down the snow blower if it becomes jammed and NEVER use your hands to clear the chute or the augers; use a broom or shovel handle instead.
Use caution due to high snow banks and reduced visibility. Be aware of traffic as you clear driveways near the street. If you are walking, be sure to pay attention to drivers that may have less time to spot you and may not be able to stop or avoid you as easily due to slippery roads as you walk around snow banks.
Reduce the risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Clear vents and intakes of combustion equipment that vents outside, such as furnaces, gas fireplaces or dryers and other similar equipment that might be blocked by drifting snow. Blocked vents can lead to Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning, which is deadly. Be sure your vehicle’s exhaust pipe and radiator grilles are clear if running your vehicle while clearing the driveway. If running a generator, never operate it in your home, basement or garage, even with doors and windows open. Operate generators in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and with local electrical codes.
Other power outage safety tips from the Red Cross:
For those traveling on the roads, conditions may still be difficult in places; the Red Cross also offers reminders for safe travel:
Keep a Winter Travel Kit in your vehicle, including:
· Snow brush
· Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
· Flashlight and extra batteries
· Blankets or sleeping bags
· Booster cables
· Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
· First aid kit and manual
· Bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods, such as nutrition bars, raisins and peanut butter
· Extra clothing to keep dry
· Sack of sand or cat litter (to use for tire traction)
Visit www.redcross.org/prepare for more information on preparing for cold weather and other emergencies.
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