Stay safe in the winter with these tips from E & E

Tomorrow is the first day of winter, and with the season comes chilly temperatures and slippery roads and sidewalks. Stay safe with these tips.

Black ice. Winter brings danger for many motorists, with one of the most threatening being black ice. To stay safe on black ice, slow down when the presence of black ice is likely. If you do encounter black ice, do not hit the brakes. Instead, keep your steering wheel steady and lift your foot off the accelerator. Do not overcorrect your steering if you feel your car sliding. 

Dress warmly. To avoid frostbite when outside in the winter elements, wear dry, loose-fitting clothing that will hold your body heat and cover exposed skin as well as a hat, gloves, and scarf.

Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Signs of frostbite include the loss of feeling and/or a white or pale appearance in extremities. Signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, disorientation, slurred speech, and exhaustion. If any of these signs occur, move to a warm location and get help immediately.

Prevent falls. Wear sturdy shoes and walk cautiously to prevent falls on ice and snow.

Winterize your home. Install weather stripping and check your heating system to make sure it is working properly.

Prepare your car. Get your car ready for winter weather by getting a tune-up to make sure the radiator is in good working condition, the tire pressure is filled to the manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure, and the antifreeze level is sufficient.

Prepare for any potential emergencies in your vehicle by creating a winter emergency kit that includes:

  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire
  • Cat litter (for traction in snow)
  • Flashlight
  • Compass, GPS and/or maps
  • First-aid kit
  • Extra blanket
  • Cell phone battery
  • Non-perishable food and water
  • Check on your older neighbors, family, and friends. Make sure they have heat and are safe inside during winter storms.
  • Enjoy the season! Now is the time for skiing, snowboarding, and sledding, so bundle up and get outside. Build a snowman with your kids or use the time indoors to connect with your family. According to research, finding something that you enjoy doing can help make the cold months much more enjoyable.

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