Winter is coming, be prepared

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- Those shifting colors of Valley trees are a sign you need to get your home ready for another Colorado winter.

According to The Red Cross, there’s typically a spike in home fires during the colder months. But that’s not the only concern as winter gets closer.

Residents who see a lot of snow should be prepared to get snowed in, by having extra food and water stocked up.

Experts add people should also have warm clothes and extra blankets on hand in case there's a power outage and follow three steps.

“Get a kit, making sure their home is ready for a shelter in place if they have to evacuate. You want people to have a plan, talk with family members," said Eric Myers, a spokesman for the Western Colorado American Red Cross. "If I’m snowed in, how am I going to communicate that? If I’m stuck in my home how am I going to communicate that, and then to stay informed?”

Myers said it’s a good time to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. He said avoid heating homes with anything combustible like a flammable space heater.

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