July 22, 2014

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Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Winter storms and extreme cold can be dangerous, but there are ways you can get ready!

  • Update or create an emergency supplies kit that includes food or water for all members of your family for at least 3 days. Add winter-specific items, such as rock salt, a snow shovel, warm clothing, and blankets.
  • Stay indoors during a storm. If you must go outside, dress appropriately for the weather. It is best to wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight warm clothing as opposed to one layer of heavy clothing. Don't forget your hat and gloves!
  • Throw extra blankets and gloves, along with a pair of boots in your car before hitting the road. - Get more tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
  • Fully charge your cell phone before traveling.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. 
  • When using alternate sources for electricity, heating, or cooking, be mindful of the primary hazards - carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock, and fire. 
  • Be prepared to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. If you have pets, bring them inside or provide them with shelter.

For more information on to keep safe before, during, and after a winter storm, visit Ready.gov or the Centers for Disease Control