Tips for Winter Safety and Health

Tips for Winter Safety and Health

Getting ready for winter means getting ready for storms, cold temperatures and a variety of other hazards unique to winter. We all need to prepare our homes, cars—and even our bodies—for the colder weather before it hits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips for winter preparation so you can stay safe and healthy in the winter months:

Winterize your home. This includes cleaning out gutters, repairing roof leaks, and installing weather stripping, insulation and storm windows. You should also have your heating system professionally serviced to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.

Winterize your car. Before the cold weather hits, you should service the radiator and check the antifreeze level. You should also check your tire treads and replace worn tires with all-weather or snow tires. Always keep your gas tank full in colder temperatures to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Use winter formula in your windshield washer. Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded in the cold and snow.

Be prepared for severe weather and power outages. Winter storms can cause power outages just like severe weather in the summer. If a storm is coming, stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and store water in clean containers. Prepare and maintain an emergency kit that includes battery-operated flashlights, a weather radio and other sources of light. Also include batteries, a first aid kit, medications, and essential baby items.

Be prepared for outdoor activities. If you are going to be spending time enjoying the outdoors in winter, wear appropriate clothing including layers of light warm clothing, mittens, hats, scarves and waterproof boots. Be aware of the wind chill factor, not just the temperature, and perform outdoor chores slowly and carefully. When you are participating in outdoor recreation in winter, carry a cell phone and take a buddy and an emergency kit with you.

Plan ahead when traveling. Be aware of current and forecasted weather conditions. Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued winter travel advisories. If you must travel in inclement weather, inform another person of your route and when you plan to arrive at your destination. If you become stranded in your car:

  • Stay with your car unless safety is no more than 100 yards away.
  • Continue to move your arms and legs.
  • Stay visible by putting bright cloth on the antenna of your vehicle and turning on the inside overhead light.
  • Run the engine and the heater only 10 minutes every hour.
  • Keep a downwind window open.
  • Make sure your tailpipe is not blocked.

With careful preparation and a little extra effort, you can make sure you enjoy the joy and majesty of winter—safe, sound and warm.

Be safe this Winter season, and be sure to contact Clark-Mortenson Insurance at 877-352-2121,, with any insurance needs you may have.

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