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Winter Weather Safety Tips

If Outdoors

• Dress to withstand the lowest temperature or the wind chill temperature

• Dress in layers so that you can remove them as you get warm

• When temperatures are below zero, all exposed skin should be covered

• Wear waterproof boots to keep your feet dry


For the Home


• Chimney/flue should be inspected annually

• Furnace system and vent should be checked by a qualified technician

• Install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector (check batteries monthly and replace twice a year)

• Have an emergency kit

• When shoveling snow, lift with your legs and not your back. Stretch before starting and pace yourself by taking frequent breaks


For the Car


Make sure that your vehicle is in tip top shape before the winter weather arrives to reduce your chances of getting stranded.

• Have maintenance service on your vehicle as recommended

• Check antifreeze level

• Replace windshield wipers (if needed) and replace windshield wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture

• Make sure battery is in good shape

• Replace worn tires and check air pressure in the tires

• Keep gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines

• Have an emergency preparedness kit that includes:

• Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
• Blanket or sleeping bag
• Snow brush and ice scraper
• Jumper cables
• Emergency flares
• Extra windshield wiper fluid
• Sand or non-clumping cat litter to help with tire traction
• Fire extinguisher
• Bottled water and nonperishable high-energy foods
• First aid kit and necessary medications
• Extra clothing, boots, hats and gloves/ mittens
• Cell phone and car charger
• Shovel
• Flashlight
• Tow rope
• Have extra supplies if you’re traveling with a baby/small child (diapers, etc.)


Resources

Winter Weather Safety
Snowstorms and Extreme Cold
Winter Storm Safety Tips and Resources