NEVER use a generator or grill inside a home, basement, shed or garage, even if doors and windows are open. Keep portable generators outside away from windows and as far away from your home as possible. Carbon monoxide poisoning from generators has unfortunately already taken lives this winter. To protect you and your family, it is also a good idea to install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
House fires are common in the winter and can happen if you are not careful about how you are heating your home. Be sure to plug only one heat-producing appliance in an outlet a time and keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source (like a fireplace or radiator). Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
During a winter storm, stay off the roads as much as possible; only drive when absolutely necessary.
Travel in parts of Dare County may become hazardous. Travel to the west and north will be hazardous as roads become snow and ice covered. If you need to travel do so with caution and be prepared with a survival kit and proper winter clothing. If you encounter trouble, responders may not be able to reach you quickly.
For current road conditions from NCDOT, visit drivenc.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter or Facebook.
Between ice on bridges and black ice, winter roads can be dangerous. Check weather conditions and adjust plans accordingly. Slow down and leave plenty of time to get to your destination. Increase your following distance. If you can avoid travel, please do.