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During the Winter Months, It's Particularly Important to Prepare Ahead of Time for Possible Power Outages


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A RECENT SURVEY BY G-E GENERATOR SYSTEMS FOUND THAT 45-PERCENT OF FAMILIES WHO LIVE IN AN AREA THAT'S SUBJECT TO EXTREME WINTER-WEATHER DON'T HAVE A SECONDARY-SOURCE OF HEAT AVAILABLE, IN THEIR HOME, TO ENDURE A PROLONGED WINTER POWER-OUTAGE.  SUCH SECONDARY HEAT-SOURCES CAN INCLUDE: A GENERATOR, A GAS-FIREPLACE, OR A STOCKED WOOD-BURNING STOVE OR FIREPLACE.  CARISSA GINGRAS IS WITH BRIGGS AND STRATTON--THE EXCLUSIVE-LICENSEE OF G-E GENERATOR SYSTEMS...

(GINGRAS):
"PROPERLY PREPARING FOR AN EMERGENCY-SITUATION, BEFORE IT OCCURS, REALLY HELPS TO ENSURE THAT FAMILIES STAY SAFE.  AND, IT'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN THE WINTER-MONTHS TO PREPARE, AHEAD OF TIME, FOR POSSIBLE POWER-OUTAGES--WHICH CAN LEAVE FAMILIES WITHOUT A WORKING HEAT-SOURCE.
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THE "READY CAMPAIGN" URGES ALL FAMILIES TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY-PREPAREDNESS KIT AT HOME.  IT ALSO RECOMMENDS THAT--IN ADDITION TO THE STANDARD-ITEMS--WINTERTIME-KITS SHOULD INCLUDE: ADEQUATE WARM-CLOTHING AND -BLANKETS; ROCK-SALT, TO MELT ICE ON WALKWAYS; SAND, TO IMPROVE TRACTION; AND SNOW-SHOVELS AND OTHER SNOW-REMOVAL EQUIPMENT.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "G-E"-DOT-COM-SLASH-"GENERATOR-SYSTEMS".



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