This Week is Winter Hazard Awareness Week

The National Weather Service shares some great tips here on how to keep safe during the hazards of winter. If you have lived through even one Minnesota winter, you know that not only can the weather change quickly it can just get down right COLD! I believe as Minnesotan’s this makes us Winter Warriors! After the first time I visited Arizona in January and saw how they dress in 60 degrees, my eyes were humorously opened to how dang tough we are! Whether you drive around on backcountry roads, the twisty roads of Saint Paul or the busy roads of Minneapolis, we all need to be prepared! Be ready to fight my fellow Winter Warriors!

Winter Weather Preparations

  • Keep ahead of the winter storm by listening for the latest weather statements, watches and warnings.
  • Your vehicle should also be ready. Get it winterized, before the onset of winter weather.
  • Be equipped for the worst. Carry a winter survival kit in your car, especially when traveling in rural or open areas. Try to travel with others.

When Driving

  • Yield to snowplows, and give them plenty of room to operate.
  • If your vehicle becomes stranded, stay with it until help arrives.
  • Do not try to walk for help during a blizzard, you could easily become lost in the whiteout conditions.

Outdoor Activities

  • If you will be outside during storms or extreme cold, dress in layered clothing and avoid overexertion.
  • Do not kill yourself shoveling snow. Shoveling is very hard work and may induce a heart attack.
  • If you will be snowmobiling, avoid alcohol. Most snowmobile deaths are alcohol related. Take a snowmobile course offered by the DNR or check with your snowmobile dealer.
  • Every year, there are fatalities in Minnesota when people fall through thin ice.

Home Safety

  • Heating fires are a major cause of residential fires in Minnesota. Turn off portable heating devices when you are away from home or retire for the evening. Have your fireplace and chimney professionally inspected before winter.
  • Carbon Monoxide is most likely to accumulate inside homes during winter. Check your heating systems and ensure your home has proper ventilation. Install a UL listed Carbon Monoxide detector that sounds an alarm.

Interested in reading more? You can find more detailed winter safety information at the National Weather Service’s Winter Hazard Awareness Week website. The following is a list of their daily topics for the 2017 Winter Hazard Awareness Campaign.

Monday, November 6 – Winter Storms
Tuesday, November 7 – Outdoor Winter Safety
Wednesday, November 8 – Winter Fire Safety
Thursday, November 9 – Indoor Winter Safety
Friday, November 10 – Winter Driving