Winter Safety Tips

Healthful Tips for Winter Safety

The weather is turning colder and full-blown winter is inevitable. The following tips to help you stay safe during the upcoming cold months were adapted from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Your Home

  • Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside
  • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
  • Make sure you have adequate smoke detectors installed. Test batteries monthly. Change batteries twice a year.
  • Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
  • Install a CO detector to alert you to the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries regularly.

Your Car

  • Install a CO detector to alert you to the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries regularly.
  • Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer
  • Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. Include blankets, food, water, booster cables, flares, tire pump, a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction), compass and maps, flashlight, battery-powered radio with extra batteries, first-aid kit, and plastic bags (for sanitation).
  • When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
  • Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories.
  • If you must travel, inform a friend or relative of your proposed route and expected time of arrival.

Be Prepared

  • Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers.
  • Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including: battery-operated devices, such as a flashlight, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and lamps; extra batteries;
    first-aid kit and extra medicine; baby items; and cat litter or sand for icy walkways.

Outdoor Activites

  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens, hats, scarves, and
    waterproof boots.
  • Be aware of the wind chill factor.
  • Work slowly when doing outside chores.
  • Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
  • Carry a cell phone.

Stranded?

  • Stay with your car unless safety is no more than 100 yards away, but continue to move arms and legs.
  • Stay visible by putting bright cloth on the antenna, turning on the inside overhead light (when engine is running), and raising the hood when snow stops falling.
  • Run the engine and heater only 10 minutes every hour.
  • Keep a downwind window open.
  • Make sure the tailpipe is not blocked.

Check In

  • Check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill.

Keep Pets Safe

  • If you have pets, bring them inside. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate, warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink

Winter Safety Tips

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