Winter Safety Tips: Are You Ready for a Storm?
With snow expected this weekend, law enforcement officials are making sure residents are prepared for a possible storm.
Below are some winter safety tips, courtesy of the Blaine Police Department:
- Have extra blankets on hand.
- Ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat and water-resistant boots.
- Assemble a disaster supplies kit containing:
- First Aid Kit and essential medications
- Battery-powered weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries
- Canned food and non-electric can opener
- Bottled water
- Have your car winterized for a snow storm
- Assemble a winter storm supplies kit for your car.
When a winter storm watch is issued:
- Listen to local TV and radio stations for weather updates.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions.
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
- Stay indoors during the storm.
- If you must go outside, dress in several layers of clothing.
- Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperatures on exposed skin. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from a person's body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks.
- After the storm, if you shovel snow, be careful. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks. Avoid overexertion.
Avoid traveling by car in a storm, but if you must:
- Have emergency supplies in the trunk.
- Keep your car's gas tank full in case of an emergency, and to help keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Let someone know your destination, the route you are taking, and when you expect to arrive.
Car Emergency Kits:
- Include blankets.
- Extra sets of dry clothing
- A shovel
- Jumper cables
- A First Aid Kit
- A flashlight with extra batteries
- Brightly colored cloth to tie to the antenna