What to Do During a Blizzard

During a blizzard or other major cold weather event, such as an ice storm, here are a few tips to keep you safe:

Stay indoors during the storm.

Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways, ensuringyou have proper footwear with a good gripping sole.

Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.

Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly(unless it's wool).

Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts. Watch out for snow plows and salt trucks!

Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route. Keep in touch by calling or texting when you arrive at your destination or if you stop unexpectedly.

If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms. Compensate by wearing more clothing, wrapping in blankets and drinking hot beverages.

These are just a few tips for keeping safe and warm. Find more at in the "winter Storms and Extreme Cold" Hazard information sheet at disasterprepsolutions.com.

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