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      Winter weather safety tips

      Due to the potential impacts from the approaching storm system, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is providing safety suggestions to South Carolinians.

      When it comes to roadway travel, motorists are urged to use caution on snow-covered or icy roadways. Traveling in these types of conditions can be extremely hazardous. Since many South Carolinians are unaccustomed to life-threatening aspects of cold weather, keep exposure to a minimum. Limit time outdoors and dress appriopriately.

      Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.

      Exercise caution with portable heaters and generators. Read the owner's manual first and do not operate a generator indoors or in a confined space. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.

      Stock up on emergency heating fuel and prepare emergency heating sources such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. Remember to take proper safety precautions.

      Having an emergency preparedness kit is essential. A kit should include: batteries, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medication, baby items and first-aid supplies.

      It's recommended to top off your car's fuel tank and check the antifreeze.

      Freezing temperatures can burst waterpips in the home that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measures to insulate them from the cold.