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Extreme Cold Safety Tips

 

General Information

  • Minimize travel.
  • Stay indoors during the worst part of the extreme cold.
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle if you must travel.
  • Check tire pressure, antifreeze levels, heater/defroster, etc.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves for potential pipe bursts.
  • Check on the elderly.
  • Bring pets inside.

How Should I Dress?

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing, and a hat.
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  • Try to stay dry and out of the wind.

For more information visit https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

For information about Wind Chill, charts and calculator visit https://www.weather.gov/bgm/outreachExtremeColdSafety

 

Example of a vehicle winter survival kit 

Example vehicle safety kit.