Winter Weather Preparedness

Winter Weather Safety Tips

  • Never leave space heaters unattended.
    • Keep heaters 3-ft from flammable material.
    • Place on a flat, solid surface.
    • Plug heaters directly into the wall.
    • Check smoke alarm batteries.
  • Charge all electronics.
  • Stock up on water and non-perishable food.
  • Watch out for slippery surfaces when walking and driving.

Remember the 4 P's

  • Pipes: Wrap exposed faucets and pipes; keep water trickling.
  • Pets: Bring pets inside and provide blankets for warmth. 
  • People: Check on elderly people and children.
  • Plants: Bring plants in containers into the house; cover sensitive outdoor plants with sheets. 

Cold Weather Life Safety

  • Frostbite: signs and symptoms include numbness and tingling, a gray, blue, purple, brown, red, or ashy,  appearance, hard or waxy skin, clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness, blisters upon rewarming.
    • Rewarm skin, which may peel and hurt like a sunburn.
    • Contact a healthcare provider for direction and, if frostbite is deep, go to an emergency room.
  • Hypothermia: signs and symptoms include shivering or fumbling hands, exhaustion or drowsiness, confusion or memory loss, slurred speech, bright red, cold skin or very low energy in infants
    • Protect victim against wind, drafts, and further heat loss with, dry clothes and blankets
    • Move to warm, dry shelter
    • In a warm setting, remove wet clothes, hats, gloves, shoes and socks.
    • Begin rewarming the person with extra clothing and warm blanks.
    • Have the person drink warm, non-caffeine, nonalcoholic drinks. Do not give fluids to an unconscious person.
    • If the hypothermic person is unconscious call TUPD or 911. If the person has no pulse or signs of breathing, begin CPR and/or ventilations.