GENERAL VALLEY NEWS
High wind warning forecast for western Washington
Power outages possible
March 09, 2017
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- The National Weather Service is forecasting strong winds early Friday morning.
Winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts to 50 miles per hour will occur from about 1:00 am to as late as 10:00 am over Western Washington.
Winds this strength can down trees and tree branches which can strike power lines causing power outages through out the area.
To stay alive and healthy if you lose electricity, fire and health officials recommend the following:
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning...
Only use a generator outdoors and far away from open windows and vents.
NEVER use a generator indoors, in garages, or in carports.
NEVER cook inside on a charcoal or gas grill.
More on risks associated with carbon monoxide poisoning: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/carbon-monoxide.aspx
Avoid eating spoiled food during power failures:
Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep the cold air inside.
Refrigerated foods should be safe if the doors are kept closed and the power is only out for a few hours. Foods that remain frozen are not a risk.
Some foods that have spoiled may still look and smell fine. When in doubt, throw it out!
More on food safety during power outages: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/protect-food.aspx
Medical needs during outages:
If possible, charge or store extra batteries (check with your medical supply company and get information regarding a back-up power source such as a battery or generator) for medical equipment.
Call 911 or visit an emergency department if a medical emergency arises.