Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, and ice. Older adults, young children, and sick individuals are at greater risk for frostbite and hypothermia. Storms can last a few hours or several days. They also have the potential to knock out heat, power, and communication services.
Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups. Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Remember the needs of your pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights. If you are unable to afford your heating costs, weatherization or energy-related home repairs, contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for help.
Help your local firefighters! Keep snow and ice 5 feet away from fire hydrants.
Be Safe DURING
If you are under a winter storm warning:
Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow and walking in the snow.
Be safe AFTER
Never use a portable generator inside your home or garage during power outages.
Be cautious of black ice. It is most dangerous in the early morning due to below freezing nighttime temperatures.