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Be Prepared for Winter



Be Prepared for Winter
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.04

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     challenging words:    charger, generator, granola, tips, carbon, easily, hopefully, monoxide, battery, supplies, emergency, safe, winds, minutes, simple, nearby


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Be Prepared for Winter
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Winter seems like a safe time of year. The snow is pretty. It is colder, but if you aren't in it that long, it doesn't seem that bad. But winter can be a dangerous time of year, too. It is good to be ready before a storm comes so that you know what to do.
 
2     If you are at home or work, hopefully you still have power during the storm. Heavy winds and snow can make the power go off. If this happens, there may not be any heat to keep you warm.
 
3     If you have a fireplace, you can use it to keep part of your house warm. Use it safely and it can keep you warm until the power comes back on. If you don't have power, your house may stay warm for a short time. But if the power does not come back on, you may have to stay at another house. Go to a friend's house if they have power.
 
4     If there are many people who don't have power, your town will probably open an emergency shelter. This is a place where people can go to stay warm and eat if they need to. Don't be afraid to go there. It is better to be warm and safe.
 
5     If you have a generator to use, follow the instructions carefully. Never run a generator in your house. You must run it outside. Many people die each year from running generators in or too close to their homes. Keep it as far away from your house as you can. Also, make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors in your house. They can save your life if this dangerous gas starts to get into your house.

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