5 Tips to Stay Warm and Safe This Winter
1 - Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle
Last week, thousands of people were stranded overnight on a major highway in Virginia because of a snowstorm. As their gas ran out, many found themselves unprepared to stay warm. Keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle
will prepare you for these types of situations.2 – Prepare your car for the winter
It’s a good idea to prepare your car for winter. You or your mechanic can check your vehicle’s antifreeze levels, battery, brakes, heater and defroster. Install good winter tires and make sure they have enough tread. You should also keep your gas from falling below half a tank in case of evacuation or power outages: this also keeps the fuel line from freezing.3 – Never use a generator inside the house
NEVER use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage, even if doors and windows are open. Keep portable generators outside away from windows and as far away from your home as possible. Carbon monoxide poisoning from generators has unfortunately already taken lives this winter. To protect you and your family, it is also a good idea to install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.4 – Take steps to keep the heat in your house
There are many steps you can take to retain as much heat in your house as possible, especially if there are power outages. Close blinds or curtains to help your house stay warm. Close off unused rooms to avoid wasting heat and stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
House fires are common in the winter and can happen if you are not careful about how you are heating your home. Be sure to plug only one heat-producing appliance in an outlet a time and keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source (like a fireplace or radiator). Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.5 – Keep your body warm
Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. Eat regularly, as food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. Drink liquids such as warm broth or juice. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.For more information on how to stay safe and warm this winter, visit Ready.gov/winter-weather.