Cold Weather Safety


With the weather taking a turn for the frigid, now is a good time to review these seasonal safety tips and pre-pare for the unlikely event of a cold weather emergency. Best Cold Weather Clothing Options

  • Hat
  • Scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth • Sleeves that are snug at the wrists
  • Mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
  • Water-resistant coat and footwear
  • Several layers of loose-fitting clothing

If You Get Stranded In Your Car During Cold Weather

  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers.
  • Move anything you may need from the trunk to the passenger area.
  • Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers.
  • Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold- related health problems.
  • Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 min utes every hour, opening one window slightly to allow in fresh air.  Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe – this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • As you sit, move your arms and legs to improve circulation and stay warmer.
  • Do not eat unmelted snow, as it will lower your body temperature.

Prepare Your Vehicle With Emergency Supplies

  • Portable cell phone charger and extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Extra hats, mittens
  • Blankets
  • Chains or rope
  • Tire chains
  • Canned compressed air with sealant (emergency tire repair)
  • Road salt and sand
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Brightly colored flag, help signs
  • First aid kit
  • Tool kit
  • Waterproof matches and a can (to melt snow for water)
  • Paper towels