Winter Weather Safety Tips

The cold weather is upon us and, while snow can be calm and picturesque, it's also something you should be prepared for in case of a major storm or power outage.

From the CDC:

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.

Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Take These Steps for Your Home

Many people prefer to remain indoors during winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winterize your home.Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.

Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.

Check your heating systems.

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.Install a smoke detector.

Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.

Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.

Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.

Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

Are you prepared?

Nearly half of U.S. adults do NOT have the resources and plans in place in the event of an emergency.

Store a 3-day supply of water: one gallon per person, per day.

Store at least a 3-day supply of non perishable, easy to prepare food.

44% of Americans do NOT have first aid kits.

48% of Americans do NOT have emergency supplies.

20% of Americans get emergency info from mobile apps. Keep a charger handy in an emergency.

20% of Americans use social media for alerts and warnings. Make sure to keep a charger handy in an emergency.

52% of Americans do NOT have copies of crucial personal documents.

Don’t forget your pets! You need a 3-day supply of food and water per pet.

Prepare supplies for home, work, and vehicles. Emergencies can happen anywhere.

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