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.


  • 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

About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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