Much of the U.S. has been hit with winter weather in the past week, from several feet of snow in parts of Minnesota to freeze warnings in Florida, and more snow and freezing rain is forecasted across large areas of the country today. When the weather outside gets frightful, staying safe (and warm) is of primary importance. So in light of the recent extreme weather, here are some simple reminders to keep you safe this winter season:
NOAA weather radios, local TV and radio stations are great places to find severe weather updates. For more detailed forecasts of your area, visit www.weather.gov or http://mobile.weather.gov on your smart phone. And if you’re still looking for a gift for that special someone, consider a NOAA weather radio.
Get an emergency kit in your car and workplace
Snow storms and “whiteouts” can happen very quickly, so plan ahead by having an emergency kit in your car and workplace. At first thought it might sound over-the-top, but recently some drivers in Wisconsin were stranded on the highway for hours during a heavy snow storm. Having a blanket, hand warmers, and non-perishable food items on hand are invaluable in the event of such an emergency.
Make a plan for safe snow removal
If you’re in an area that experiences heavy snowfall, removing snow can be a tough task. Here are a few reminders as you rid your driveway and sidewalk of the fluffy white stuff:
- Whether you use a shovel or a plow attached to an all-terrain-vehicle, make sure you’re removing snow legally. Check with your city officials before placing excess snow in roadways or sidewalks, to ensure you’re following their guidelines.
- Moving snow can be hard work. Take breaks and make sure to give your body a rest. Overworking yourself in cold weather can put extra strain on your heart.