At the first mention of a winter freeze, traffic and commerce in North Central Texas freezes too. Why? While colder weather brings a welcome change, most people aren't prepared for it. Freezing rain, snow and ice can make for great outdoor fun - but can also result in car accidents, hypothermia, and carbon monoxide poisoning from defective heating units. With a little planning, you can protect yourself and enjoy some frosty fun!
Winter Weather Safety Tips
Remain indoors if possible. If you must go out, dress to fit the weather, with layered, wind-resistant clothing, a hat, and gloves or mittens to protect yourself against frostbite.
If you must perform work outside, take frequent breaks to warm up and avoid overexertion.
Have emergency heating equipment approved for indoor use and appropriate fuel for it. Emergency heating equipment includes kerosene or propane heaters and wood stoves.
Have emergency lighting in case the power goes out: flashlights or lanterns with a supply of batteries or fuel.
Keep an emergency supply of ready-to-eat non-perishable food and an emergency supply of water on hand.
Listen to your radio or TV to obtain weather and emergency information. Have a battery-powered radio with spare batteries in case your electricity goes off.
Travel only if absolutely necessary. If you must travel, do so in daylight. Have emergency supplies in your vehicle.
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