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Recent weather adversities have reminded us that winter is quickly approaching, and no matter how picturesque a snowy morning might be, preparedness is the key to survival in a season of cold. Winter’s potential hazards should be at the top of everyone’s mind while there is time to gather snow shovels and ice scrapers, as well as retrieve winter coats and ensure homes are prepared for the season.
The summer-like temperatures of October will soon give way to frigid conditions across the Great Plains and Upper Midwest, and winter will periodically greet snowbirds in warmer climes. Preparedness is important, says Joe Klinger, who is the Director of Emergency Management in Illinois, where “snow, ice, and frigid temperatures are just around the corner.” Klinger says, “Many injuries and deaths related to winter weather could be prevented if people take a few minutes today to prepare.”
He urges awareness of the various weather advisories that are issued during winter, such as frost and freeze warnings, ice storm and heavy snow warnings, as well as winter storm watches and warnings. Know what they mean to ensure your family is prepared for the weather that follows.
Your preparedness includes ensuring that an emergency kit is stocked and ready for a winter storm that may last up to 3 days. Have sufficient heating fuel on hand for emergencies, as well as checking to ensure that storm windows provide protection. Travelers should always ensure fuel tanks are kept full, and your car has a blanket and emergency equipment available.
Safe Electricity urges homeowners to ensure their heating system is working properly, if it has not already been inspected. Power outages can occur during the winter, particularly with ice storms, and the accompanying cold temperatures will rapidly cool home interiors if air is allowed to infiltrate. A final effort at caulking around windows and applying weather-stripping to doors should be done before snow and freezing temperatures arrive.
Safety for your family should be your top priority, and weather preparedness is a good start on that effort.