Let It Snow! But first ... Some Winter Safety Tips
Preparing your home and property for cold weather
conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce some of the effects
caused by winter's weather challenges.
Experts agree that the following measures can be effective in dealing with the
effects of severe winter weather:
Have your snow removal equipment serviced and ready for action.
Have rock salt on hand to melt ice on walkways.
Make sure your walls and attic are properly insulated.
Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the
Have an ample supply of wood if you have a fireplace.
Have safe portable space heaters available.
Wrap water pipes in insulation or layers of old newspapers to
keep from freezing.
Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
Know how to shut off water valves.
In case the power goes out, have disaster supplies on hand such
as a flashlight & battery-operated radio (and extra batteries), a
first aid kit and extra blankets & sleeping bags.
Develop an emergency communication plan in case family members
are separated from one another during a winter storm.
Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire
department, and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.
Winterizing Your Vehicle
Preparing your vehicle for
the winter season is one of the most important keys to safe winter driving.
Have a mechanic check the following items on your car before the temperatures
Flashing hazard lights
Wipers and windshield washer fluid
Also, be sure to keep a windshield scraper
and small broom for ice and snow removal, and maintain at least a half tank of
gas at all times during the winter season.
Severe Weather Strikes
Know how the public is
warned (via siren, radio, TV, etc.) and the warning terms for each kind of
disaster in your community:
WINTER STORM WATCH
Be alert, a storm is likely.
WINTER STORM WARNING
Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.
Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero
visibility, and deep drifts.
Seek refuge immediately.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and
may be hazardous, especially to motorists.
Below-freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops,
or fruit trees.
Winter Car Kit
Flashlights with extra batteries
First aid kit with pocket knife
Plastic bags (for sanitation)
Extra set of mittens, socks, and a wool cap
Small sack of sand for generating traction under wheels
Brightly colored cloth to use as flag
"The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it."
W. M. Lewis
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