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WASHINGTON STATE ENERGY OFFICE: TIPS TO STAY WARM DURING THE POWER OUTAGES

 SEATTLE, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The following tips were released today by the Washington State Energy Office:
 If you were one of the unlucky ones who lost power during this stormy weather, stay calm and follow these tips to stay warm until your power returns. For a free brochure on "The Comfort Zone," call the Energy Hotline in Seattle at 206-296-5640, or toll-free at 800-962-9731.
 -- Dress in layers. Several lightweight, loose layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one heavy layer. Gloves, a hat and scarf will help, too.
 -- Keep drapes and curtains closed to help keep in heat. Drape blankets over the windows to provide even more insulation.
 -- Eat high carbohydrate foods and exercise to generate more body heat.
 -- Turn off all electrical appliances except your refrigerator, freezer and one lamp (so you know when the power is back on). Turn down your electric heat.
 -- Use your fireplace to keep warm. If possible, close off the room with the fireplace from the rest of the house to concentrate the heat in one area.
 -- If using a kerosene heater as backup heat, use it safely:
 - Never use an unvented heater in a closed room. Provide good
 ventilation -- this may mean leaving a window open during
 operation.
 - If you experience dizziness, drowsiness, chest pain, fainting
 or respiratory irritation occurs, shut off the heater and
 move to fresh air.
 - Turn off the heater when leaving the room and before going
 to sleep.
 - Don't leave children or pets alone in the same room with a
 heater in operation.
 - Don't leave kerosene heaters unattended.
 - Place heaters on a level, protected surface where they are
 unlikely to be bumped or knocked over.
 - Keep the heater away from combustible walls, furniture, drapes,
 bedding and clothing.
 When power is back on, turn on appliances and electric heat gradually, over a period of one to two hours. It's important not to turn everything back on at once. An immediate, heavy demand for electricity after a power outage often damages repaired equipment and extends the outage.
 -0- 1/20/93
 /CONTACT: Susan Gregg-Hanson of the Washington State Energy Office, 206-296-5641/


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