How to stay safe if you are stranded in your car during a snowstorm
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On Saturday, the Inspector General (IG) National Highways and Motorways Police, Inam Ghani, advised what people should do if stranded in their cars during a snowstorm.
Ghani warned people that carbon monoxide is odorless, very hard to detect, and can quickly become a cause of death.
Ghani’s alert words come after at least 21 people died from likely carbon monoxide poisoning in Murree after “unprecedented snowfall.”
Carbon monoxide is odorless, very hard to detect, and it can quickly cause death.
If God forbid your car is stuck in the snow and you have the engine running, open a window slightly and clear snow away from the exhaust silencer pipe.
— Inam Ghani QPM & Bar, PSP (@InamGhani) January 8, 2022
The SHO Murree Police Station, Raja Rasheed, stated four to four-and-a-half feet of snowfall was recorded in Murree.
Rasheed further said that most people who died did not die of the cold weather but because they left their heaters on in the car and went to sleep.
“The fumes from the heater killed people,” the SHO said, referring to the fumes which found no exit due to silencers buried under snow and were breathed in by people.
Ghani urged citizens to “open a window slightly and clear the snow away from the exhaust silencer pipe.”
The National Highways and Motorway Police tweeted similar instructions in Urdu.
Ghani also asked the citizens not to travel to Murree due to snowstorm.
— National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP) (@NHMPofficial) January 8, 2022
“Please do not travel to Murree! Snowfall has started again,” he tweeted in the afternoon.
The IG said that NHMP officers and the National Highway Authority are clearing the Murree Expressway while warning “congestion in Murree and on the expressway.”
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