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November 13th through the 17th is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Each year, the National Weather Service, the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Wisconsin Emergency Management promote winter safety and preparedness for all citizens wherever they are: in their homes, on the road, at work and at play. Unfortunately, many people each year suffer needlessly because they are unaware of the potential dangers of the winter season.

Winter safety information will be presented each day during the week of November 13th. The winter safety information will be separated into the 5 topics below

Monday, November 13th: Winter Storms

Example of snowfall forecast information from the National Weather Service

Keep ahead of the storm by paying attention to the latest winter weather forecasts and warnings.

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Tuesday, November 14th: Outdoor Winter Safety

Image showing blowing snow on a Minnesota highway

The winter months can pose many hazards to those who choose to venture outdoors. With many outdoor activities available in Minnesota and Wisconsin during the winter season, you should be aware of how to keep yourself safe from the cold, ice and snow

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Wednesday, November 15th: Winter Fire Safety

Winter Fire Safety graphic from FEMA

Cold winter weather means that people are inside their homes more, and likely using additional measures to help keep their homes comfortable. This can pose heightened risks for home fires in the winter, unless safety precautions are taken.

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Thursday, November 16th: Indoor Air Quality in the Winter

Indoor Air Quality graphic from the EPA

With homes and other buildings sealed up in the winter, we face an increased risk from Carbon Monoxide, Radon, Mold and other pollutants.

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Friday, November 17th: Winter Driving

Image showing blizzard conditions on Minnesota highway

Winter weather can result in hazardous driving conditions. It is important to prepare ahead of time in order to stay safe on the highways this winter.

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