How to Stay Safe During Winter Storms 101
Winter Weather Safety Tips,
28 April, 2021
With major storms hitting California, we felt it was necessary to go over winter safety tips of what to do when driving in a winter storm, what to do during, and what to do after. We lost power due to California heat, and now we’re losing power because of the cold. How ironic is that? Check out these winter weather safety tips to get ready and stay ready:
Driving During a Winter Storm
It is best to avoid driving in these weather conditions but if you have to, try to keep these tips in mind:
- Before leaving, check the latest weather conditions to see if it’s safe to leave home.
- Monitor the road conditions. The Caltrans website lists updated road conditions and allows you to search specific routes by highway number. Current conditions are also available by calling 800-427-7623.
- Be sure your tires are properly inflated, and that your car windshield wipers and defroster works.
- CHAINS for your tires are a must. Without these, you could be endangering the highways, and may not be able to drive past checkpoints.
- Pack a shovel, ice scraper, and broom, to sweep snow off your car or dig it out if need be.
- Prepare for road delays. Pack extra blankets, clothing, food, and water to be sure you’re as comfortable as possible.
What to Do During a Winter Storm
There’s no such thing as over-preparing for a winter storm because you just never know what to expect, and we want you to be as safe. Here are some tips to ensure that:
- Stay off the road and indoors. Dress warmly if you have to go out. Please refer to the driving tips above, if you find yourself having to drive in severe winter conditions.
- If you need to go out, be sure to have several clean masks in case they become wet. Do NOT wear cloth masks, once they become wet or damp.
- Prepare for power outages. Losing power is a common issue when there is a winter storm, but you’ll be fine if you have natural gas. Your natural gas fireplace will not only keep you warm but, also allow you to cook.
- Stay alert, and listen for emergency information and alerts pertaining to the weather.
- While following the latest guidelines of social distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), check on neighbors, family, and friends.
What to Do After a Winter Storm
Once the storm is over, don’t think you’re in the clear. It is possible another one can come, and here are some things to do when it’s over:
- Continue to monitor your media outlets for weather condition updates.
- Don’t drive until it is safe to do so.
- Avoid touching power lines and call 9-1-1 to report any fallen lines.
- Clear snow from your vehicle exhaust pipes, and gas exhaust vents.
- Check your roof and clear snow, to avoid any future possible roof problems.
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