Winter Weather: Prepare and Prevent
Serious health problems can result from exposure to the cold, most commonly hypothermia and frostbite. About health and the cold
Being prepared at home and in your car are the best ways to protect yourselves and your loved ones.
Prepare Your Home
- Keep emergency supplies on hand, like blankets; matches; first aid kit; flashlight; battery powered radio; extra batteries; non-electric can opener; prescription medication; food; water; and, other special items such as diapers.
- Keep a supply of basics (non-cooked items), such as bread, peanut butter, and dried fruits.
- Keep an extra supply of needed medications within your kit.
- Have bottled water (5 gallons per person) in case water pipes freeze or rupture.
- Install a smoke detector and battery operated carbon monoxide detector, check them often and replace batteries if needed.
- Be very careful if using a wood stove, fireplace, space heater, or another type of heater. About heating safely
Prepare Your Car
- Make sure your car is ready for winter. Check the antifreeze level and keep the gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tanks and fuel lines.
- Have your tires checked before winter to see if they should be replaced
- Keep an emergency kit - blankets; first aid kit; collapsible shovel; blanket, dried fruit, flashlight with extra batteries; and a windshield scraper.
- Travel with a charged cell phone.
Know the Weather Terms
- Freezing Rain - coating of ice on roads and walkways.
- Sleet - rain that turns to ice pellets, causes roads to freeze and become slippery.
- Winter Weather Advisory - cold, ice and snow are expected.
- Winter Storm Watch - severe weather, such as heavy snow or ice is possible in the next day or two.
- Winter Storm Warning - severe winter conditions have begun or will begin very soon.
Local Heating Resources
The Breathing Association's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) - www.BreathingAssociation.org