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Wednesday, Oct 10, 2001 AWA G Winter weathe can be source of hidden dangers: Tips offered When most Americans worry about disasters, winter storms rarely rank at the top of their list. But as the season kicks into high gear, people everywhere must be aware that winter weather poses hidden threats. However, enact- ing preventive measures beforehand can significantly reduce those dangers. Roofs risk collapse under the weight of heavy snow, and weak tree limbs coated with ice and snow buildup can become dangerous hazards. A burst pipe can potentially ruin a home's inte- rior. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the nec- essary safety precautions. In fact, last year winter weather caused nearly $62 million in damage, according to the National Weather Service. To cut back on winter damage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities, is encouraging people to take preventive actions now. "Many people don't realize winter weather can cause severe damage to your home," said FEMA Director James Lee Witt. "But there are simple actions you can take in advance to ensure your home is a safe haven to wait out the storm." Winter storms can often last for days, and usually are accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperature that can inflict costly structural damage to homes. To protect yourself and your home in advance from the dangers associated with winter weather, Project Impact recommends: Hiring a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from snow accumulation. Cutting away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm. . Clearing leaves and other debris from gutters. Repairing roof leaks. Insulating pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic to keep them When you're away Who keeps an eye out -- Protek Patrol does-- Serving the Blairsden, Graea & surrounding areas Commercial & Residential We specialize in Snowbirds Over 30 years law enforcement background Reasonable rates Call 836-2622 Steve & June Waasdorp Licensed private patrol CA. Lic. PA 990289 from freezing and allowing faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Keeping heaters at least three feet from flammable objects. Avoiding the use of kerosene heaters, which pose significant risk. If you must use one, refuel outside. Learning how to shut off water valves. Promptly removing ice and snow from tree limbs, roof and other struc- tares. Project Impact has way America deals 1997. The nationwide with seven pilot today boasts nearly 250 munities and more partners. For more Impact, visit call 202-646-4117. Dealing with old homes paying special attention to If you're planning on renovating an older home or building, or even making improvements on your older domicile, a word of caution: Be sure that you are able to recognize lead-based paint and asbestos, as both can cause severe health problems. Lead has not been used in house- paints since a government ban in 1978, and very little lead was used in paint in the 1960s. But homes built before 1950, and particularly from the 1920s and 1930s are very likely to contain it. The problems arise when the old paint begins to deteriorate, creating dust. In a home, this dust will not only be breathed in with the air, but will also settle on drinking glasses, tableware and food. In those cases, ingestion of lead is a certainty, and while it can accmnulate in the body quickly, it dissi- pates at a much slower rate. Elevated blood lead levels have been linked to a number of health problems, and they are most acute in children. Hearing loss, learning lethargy lead the list problems, though tremendous drop in since the health aware of them. But even if your home housepaint, don't panic. condition, with no peeling, you probably about prior exposure amounts of lead. It is however, that the old ly covered. Experts recommend washing with a lead-s and allowing ly for at least one da : latex primer, followed interior latex paint of sealing the old cleaning preparation, quality mask, and use tIc electric.inc. 155 KATHERINE ST. RO. BOX 441 QUINCY, CA 95971 TROY L. CLARK FAX: mR Bring new life to ! Choose from a colors and VINYL " We provide su & expert .1M Roor Covering Local Boy Does Roors Since 1971 Jim McClain jmfloors@yahoo.com