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When you must work in the cold, always be prepared and be aware. Working in cold environments may put you at risk of cold stress.

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Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter

Prepare for Winter Hazards with these 4 Handy Checklists

Are you prepared for the hazards of winter? Snowstorms, cold temperatures, and power outages can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead with checklists for your home, your car, the outdoors, and more.

1. Your Home

Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months:

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks
  • Have your heating system serviced professionally
  • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys

2. Your Car

Take these steps to keep your car running smoothly all winter long:

  • Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level
  • Check tire tread
  • Keep the gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines
  • Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer
  • Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded

3. The Great Outdoors

Take these steps to prepare for outdoor safety hazards:

  • Wear a heavy, wind-resistant coat or jacket; mittens, a hat and scarf, and waterproof boots
  • Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches
  • Work slowly when doing outside chores.
  • Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation
  • Carry a cell phone.

4. Winter Travel

Take these steps for safe travels:

  • Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories
  • If you must travel, inform a friend or relative of your proposed route and expected time of arrival
  • Follow these safety rules if you become stranded in your car:
    • If possible, make your car visible to rescuers and move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area
    • Keep your body warm, stay awake, and stay moving
    • Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe—this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
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