Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

  1.  Winterize your home by installing weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows
  2.  Check your heating systems
  3.  Install a smoke detector; test batteries monthly

Many people spend time outdoors in the winter working, traveling, or enjoying winter sports. Outdoor activities may expose you to several safety hazards. Take these steps to prepare for them.

  •       Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light warm clothing, mittens, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots
  •       Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches
  •       Be aware of the wind chill factor

Above all, be prepared to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. If you have pets, bring them inside. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate, warm shelter, and unfrozen water to drink. No one can stop the onset of winter. However, if you follow these suggestions, you will be ready for it when it comes.