Winter weather can be unpredictable and dangerous. While many people prefer to remain indoors during winter, staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. 

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and car ahead of the season. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. If you do not have access to a heater, visit friends or family or try to find movie theaters, malls, libraries and other public places that are heated.

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Prepare Your Car

Make sure that your vehicle is in tip top shape before winter weather arrives to reduce your chances of becoming stranded.
  • Have maintenance service on your vehicle as recommended
  • Check antifreeze level
  • Replace windshield wipers (if needed) and replace windshield wiper fluid with 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.)

Read more information on winter safety for the most current up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Winter Assistance Programs

HandsOn Central Ohio connects Franklin County residents that qualify for financial assistance with home winter weatherization programs. Click here to visit their website for a list of programs or call (614) 221-6766 to inquire about home winter weatherization programs.