Thursday, February 7, 2013

Department of Consumer Protection: Consumer Advice in Advance of Winter Storm

In a press release, the state Department of Consumer Protection and Commissioner William M. Rubenstein urged state residents "to take precautions well in advance of the snowstorm that is forecast for Connecticut tomorrow into Saturday."
“In addition to all the necessary preparations for a storm of this size, consumers also want to take steps to assure the safety of their food and medications, including oxygen if needed.”

Further, "depending on the nature of the storm, residents may find themselves without power, or may suffer damage to their homes and property," the release said.

If that happens, Rubenstein said in the release, these reminders "are in order:"

· If the power goes out, consume perishable food and beverages as soon as possible
· Keep the freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible to conserve the chill.
· Resources to print and review now:

· Loss of electricity could affect certain medications.
· Items that require refrigeration should not be relied upon for full effectiveness and potency if they were not maintained at the temperature recommended by the manufacturer. Due to potency loss, replace affected medicines when possible.
· Anyone having questions about the safety or storage of any medication should contact their pharmacist.
· Persons who depend on oxygen and other medical supply deliveries and plan to temporarily stay at another address – with a neighbor, family member or at a shelter – should notify their medical supply providers to have their supplies delivered to the temporary location with no lapse in their care
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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