...WINTER WEATHER SAFETY...

KEEP AHEAD OF A WINTER STORM BY LISTENING TO THE LATEST WEATHER WARNINGS
AND BULLETINS ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO...LOCAL RADIO AND TV STATIONS...OR CABLE
TV SUCH AS THE WEATHER CHANNEL FOR UPDATES. BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER
CONDITIONS AND AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL.

CHECK BATTERY POWERED EQUIPMENT BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVES. YOU MAY HAVE TO
DEPEND ON A PORTABLE RADIO OR TV FOR WEATHER INFORMATION. ALSO CHECK
EMERGENCY COOKING FACILITIES AND FLASHLIGHTS.

CHECK YOUR SUPPLY OF HEATING FUEL.

CHECK YOUR FOOD AND STOCK AN EXTRA SUPPLY...FOR AT LEAST A COUPLE OF
DAYS. YOUR SUPPLIES SHOULD INCLUDE FOOD THAT REQUIRES NO COOKING OR
REFRIGERATION IN CASE OF POWER FAILURE.

PREVENT FIRE HAZARDS...INCLUDING CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING...DUE TO
OVERHEATED COAL OR OIL BURNING STOVES...FIREPLACES...HEATERS...OR FURNACES.

STAY INDOORS DURING STORMS AND COLD SNAPS UNLESS YOU ARE IN PEAK PHYSICAL
CONDITION. AVOID OVEREXERTION...ESPECIALLY WHEN SHOVELING SNOW.

MAKE NECESSARY TRIPS FOR SUPPLIES BEFORE THE STORM DEVELOPS OR DON'T GO AT ALL.
ARRANGE FOR EMERGENCY HEAT IN CASE OF POWER FAILURE.

DRESS TO FIT THE SEASON...WEAR LAYERED...LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING. WEAR A HAT
...SCARF...AND MITTENS.

GET YOUR CAR WINTERIZED BEFORE THE STORM SEASON BEGINS. MAINTAIN A CHECKLIST
OF THE PREPARATION REQUIRED. KEEP WATER OUT OF YOUR FUEL BY KEEPING YOUR GAS
TANK FULL.

CARRY A WINTER STORM CAR KIT...ESPECIALLY IF YOU PLAN CROSS COUNTRY TRAVEL
OR IF YOU ANTICIPATE TRAVEL IN THE NORTHERN STATES.

IF THE STORM EXCEEDS OR EVEN TESTS YOUR LIMITATIONS...SEEK AVAILABLE
SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. PLAN YOUR TRAVEL AND SELECT PRIMARY AND ALTERNATE ROUTES.

CHECK THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION BEFORE DEPARTING AND DRIVE CAREFULLY
AND DEFENSIVELY.

WINTER WEATHER DRIVING SAFETY...

NO ONE SHOULD DRIVE DURING SEVERE WINTER WEATHER. IF A SEVERE WINTER STORM
INTERRUPTS YOUR TRAVEL PLANS...LET THE WEATHER WIN FOR YOUR SAFETY. HOWEVER...
SOMETIMES BUSINESS OBLIGATIONS OR HOLIDAY PLANS MAKE WINTER TRAVEL NECESSARY.
WHEN THE PLANS CANNOT BE CHANGED OR DELAYED...USE GOOD COMMON SENSE TO MAKE
YOUR TRIP SAFE. HERE ARE SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN TRAVELING DURING THE
WINTER MONTHS.

BE SURE YOUR CAR IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND PROPERLY SERVICED. SNOW TIRES OR
CHAINS ARE A MUST FOR WINTER TRAVEL. PLAN YOUR TRIP CAREFULLY. LISTEN TO
WEATHER FORECASTS AND KEEP UP-TO-DATE ON THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES
FOR YOUR ROUTE OF TRAVEL. PLAN AN ALTERNATE ROUTE SHOULD WEATHER BECOME A
PROBLEM. BE SURE TO LET SOMEONE KNOW YOUR PLANNED AND ALTERNATE ROUTES. TRAVEL
BY DAYLIGHT USING MAJOR HIGHWAYS WHERE POSSIBLE. NEVER TRAVEL ALONE. KEEP YOUR
GAS TANK AS NEARLY FULL AS POSSIBLE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN TRAFFIC OR THE
WEATHER MAY SLOW YOU DOWN OR BRING YOU TO A STOP. EVEN IF YOU RESTRICT YOUR
WINTER DRIVING...CERTAIN SUPPLIES CAN HELP IN AN EMERGENCY. KEEP BASIC ITEMS
ON HAND AND AVAILABLE SUCH AS A WINDSHIELD SCRAPER...BATTERY BOOSTER
CABLES...A BAG OF SAND OR GRAVEL...AND A FLASH LIGHT. FOR LONGER TRIPS YOU
MIGHT WANT TO ADD A PORTABLE RADIO (AND DON'T FORGET EXTRA BATTERIES)...A
FIRST AID KIT...ROAD MAPS...SOME NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS SUCH AS NUTS...
DRIED FRUIT...AND/OR CANDY...AND A BLANKET OR QUILT.

DRIVE CAREFULLY AND DEFENSIVELY. DON'T TRY TO SAVE TIME BY TRAVELING FASTER
THAN ROAD AND WEATHER CONDITIONS ALLOW. IF WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS BEGIN
TO TEST YOUR ABILITY AND ENDURANCE...DON'T HESITATE TO SEEK SHELTER.

IF YOU SHOULD GET CAUGHT ON THE ROAD DURING A WINTER STORM...KEEP CALM.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP WITH YOUR SAFETY.

GIVE SOME INDICATION YOU ARE IN TROUBLE BY TURNING ON YOUR CAR'S FLASHERS...
RAISE THE CAR HOOD...OR TIE A CLOTH TO AN ANTENNA OR DOOR HANDLE. STAY IN THE
CAR. DO NOT TRY TO WALK FROM THE CAR UNLESS YOU CAN SEE SHELTER WITHIN A
REASONABLE DISTANCE.

FOR HEAT...TURN ON THE CAR ENGINE FOR BRIEF PERIODS. TO AVOID DEADLY CARBON
MONOXIDE POISONING...ALWAYS LEAVE A DOWNWIND WINDOW OPEN SLIGHTLY. ALSO...
BE SURE THE EXHAUST PIPE OF THE VEHICLE IS CLEAR OF DEBRIS SUCH AS SNOW
WHEN THE ENGINE IS RUNNING.

EXERCISE FROM TIME TO TIME BY CLAPPING YOUR HANDS AND MOVING YOUR ARMS AND
LEGS. DON NOT STAY IN ONE POSITION TOO LONG. DO NOT OVEREXERT YOURSELF
EITHER BY TRYING TO SHOVEL SNOW OR BY PUSHING THE CAR.


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