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Winter Safety Checklist

December 29, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

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Winter storms and blizzards can create difficult conditions. It is important to be safe at home or road. Follow the safety checklists and always listen to any weather radio or watch local news to get more information on any warnings or advisories within your area.

Winter Safety Checklist:

saftey checklist for blizzardsTo protect themselves when blizzards or snowstorms are forecast, residents should have a checklist of things

Weather Forecast Checklist

  • Have a Battery-powered radio (for listening to local emergency instructions) and have extra batteries.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio receiver (for listening to National Weather Service broadcasts). Check out www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr for more information.
  • Listen or watch for emergency broadcasts in radio or in local TV channels. Check for winter snowstorm or blizzard warnings and alert at weather.com

Home Safety Quick Checklist:

  • Fill bathtubs with water in case pipes freeze.
  • Make sure windows and doors are tightly closed and anything movable in the yard is tied down or brought inside. Bring in pets too!
  • Be sure to stock up on food, refrigerated, or frozen.
  • Have batteries for flashlights and radios.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers handy
  • Prescription drugs and other medicine.
  • Have bottled water on hand.

Car Safety Checklist:

Before the winter season starts, automobiles should be checked out by a mechanic. This should be done to make sure that the components needed for winter driving are in proper working order. It is best to avoid travel if at all possible during these conditions.

  • Check your car’s antifreeze and fluid levels.
  • Keep your gas tank full just in case you are stalled or have a breakdown. You can run your car about ten minutes every hour to keep warm.
  • Warm layered, light weight clothing should be worn if traveling during storm conditions to stay warm but to easily move as well.
  • If necessary prefer traveling during daylight rather nighttime.
  • Avoid traveling alone, have a family member or friend ride along during the trip.
  • Jumper cables are must, it helps in case your battery dies.
  • Extra clothes, blankets and shoes/boots are great to have if your own clothes get wet.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.

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