Winter Storm Safety Tips

Parts of our region could experience some wicked winter weather. We have tips to help you weather the storm.

Bundle Up

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If you have to venture outside, dress in several lightweight layers of clothing and a hat that covers the ears. Sporting mittens will provide more warmth to the hands than gloves and waterproof, insulated boots will help keep your feet warm and dry and maintain your footing in ice and snow.

Winterize Your Preparedness Kit

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Check the supplies in your preparedness kit and replace any missing or expired items. Include extra blankets and extra warm clothing for each family member.

Heat Your Home Safely

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Avoid using a stove or oven to heat your home. If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard, nonflammable surface and turn the space heater off when leaving the room or going to sleep. Keep children and pets away from space heaters and do not use it to dry wet clothing.

Prep Your Ride

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Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter with a window scraper, kitty litter or sand in case you get stuck, extra clothes and a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. Pack high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, small battery‑operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, blankets and important documents or information you may need. Fill the gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel lines from freezing. Clean the lights and windows to help you see and check out our 10 Driving Tips to Keep you Safe this Winter.

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When the weather is very cold outside, prevent frozen pipes by opening cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around the pipes. Let cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes.

Protect Your Pets

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Don’t forget about family pets. Bring the furry members of your family indoors. If that’s not possible, provide adequate shelter to keep them warms and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

Be Ready for Power Outages

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Charge cell phones and keep flashlights handy in the event of a power outage. If you use a generator, do so correctly. Never operate a generator inside your home, including the basement or garage. Do not hook up a generator directly to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment needed directly to the outlets on the generator.

For more winter weather safety tips, visit redcross.org.

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