winter weather and colder than normal temperatures hitting the usually mild
Kodiak, experts agree there are a few simple rules to follow when it comes to
fire safety, automobiles and caring for pets as Alaskans brace for the cold.
KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
Fire Chief Rome Kamai said people should contact local heating companies to
help them assess their needs in keeping fuel and water lines from freezing. But
he warns that using propane torches is generally not recommended for thawing
already frozen pipes. He also said people who wish to keep lines from freezing
themselves should only use products that have been tested and certified as safe
by either Underwriters Laboratory or Factory Mutual. Kamai said following
manufacturers' recommendations on such products is always important.
-- (Kamai 1 53 sec "With heat tape ... a carbon dioxide
Amberg, electrical technician and owner of Custom Concepts in Kodiak, offered
several tips on keeping vehicles running smoothly in cold weather conditions.
He recommends installing a remote-starter, which is a specialty of his.
-- (Amberg 1 51 sec "Definitely,
the biggest thing ... and run back in the house.")
Quiner is a veterinarian's assistant at the Soldotna Animal
Hospital. She said several
measures can be taken to limit exposure to the cold when it comes to dogs and
-- (Quiner 1 45 sec "If
it's not a long-haired dog ... cats frost-bite very easily.")
said shelter from the cold is key when caring for larger animals, such as horses,
during the winter months.
-- (Quiner 2 12 sec "You
always want to ... especially to the wind.")
and Quiner agree that following these simple suggestions can prevent cold weather-related
problems until warmer weather arrives. I'm Erik Wander