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Winter Safety Tips

Stay safe and warm this winter by preparing for severe weather. The following tips can help:

  • Create an emergency plan, including a winter storm survival kit for home and vehicles
  • Have safe emergency heating equipment available
  • Keep area around space heaters clear and use only approved heating devices
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly
  • If pipes freeze, remove any insulation, wrap pipes in rags, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the cold
  • If you must go outdoors during inclement weather, dress warmly and wear loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia
  • Help those neighbors who may require special assistance – infants, elderly people and people with special needs
  • Make sure your vehicle is prepared for weather extremes; check tires, brakes, battery and heating and defrosting systems. Also, change anti-freeze if needed, replenish windshield wiper fluid and keep gas tank at least half full
Use common sense; be heart healthy and back friendly when shoveling snow. If you are inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow. Also consider back safety when shoveling snow. Even if you exercise regularly and are not at risk for heart disease, shoveling improperly could lead to a strained back.

Related Links: Snow RemovalNational Weather Service

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