Tips to Stay Safe This Winter
Here are some of the best tips we’ve collected from the CDC on how to stay safe this Winter:
- Winterize your home. Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows. Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls. Check your heating systems.
- Get your car ready for cold weather. Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires. Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
- Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. Include:
- food and water;
- booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction);
- compass and maps;
- flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries;
- first-aid kit; and
- plastic bags (for sanitation).
- Be prepared in advance for weather emergencies, including power outages. Stock food that doesn’t need to be cooked or refrigerated. Stock water in clean containers. Make sure that your cell phone is fully charged.
- When outdoors in the Winter:
- Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
- Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
- Be aware of the wind chill factor.
- Work slowly when doing outside chores.
- Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
- Carry a cell phone.