Barbour County first responders have spent the winter months reacting to several vehicle accidents, frozen pipes, and flue fires due to the frigid cold and snowfall.
Officials from the Office of Emergency Management are encouraging residents to remember to take precautions before an incident occurs.
Officials say to pack extra clothes, blankets, and water in vehicles, stay alert on the roads, and check smoke alarms and wood stoves before cranking up the heat.
“With temperatures declining, residents are going to be turning up their heat, using their wood stoves, using their gas furnaces. Really, you just need to pay attention to is your like for wood stoves is your flue, maybe get them cleaned out prior to starting them up,” said Supervisor Mike Fink.
Residents are urged to shovel snow around fire hydrants and stay calm when reaching out for help in an emergency.