November 18, 2014

Since winter has decided to come a little earlier than usual this year, I thought I would post some winter safety tips. I’m no expert, so this list is just advice.

1. You’ve gotten your flu shot, right?
2. Keep warm, and as dry as you can
3. Especially your socks. Keep your feet dry, and warm.
4. Be really, really careful using electric heaters, kerosene heaters, and fireplaces.
5. Repeat #4
6. Keep that emergency kit in your car: a blanket or two, a flashlight, some flares, a bottle or two of water, battery jumper cables.
7. Keep your cell phone charged
8. Know your route, in case you need to dial 911, and your cell phone doesn’t have GPS
9. Make sure someone knows your route, also. Be a creature of habit.
10. If the roads are bad, if it’s at all possible, stay home.
11. Park off the street if at all possible.
12. If you haven’t had your furnace checked this season, do so as soon as you can.
13. Don’t get overheated if you are outside
14. Take it easy if you have to shovel snow. Take your time, take plenty of breaks.
15. Remember your pets. Make sure they are warm, and have plenty of water. Bring them in if at all possible.
16. Dress in layers, and keep all exposed skin covered.
17. When cleaning the snow/ice off your car, don’t forget your headlights, tail lights, and license plates. And, please, please, please, get that windshield completely clear before driving.
18. I’ve had three mechanics tell me to use at least mid-grade gas during extreme weather conditions. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I have followed that advice, and am driving a 20-year-old car.
19. Don’t text and drive. Seriously, don’t. Ever.
20. Enjoy the beauty of the season. Even I have to admit, the snow is pretty, especially the heavy snow that stays on the trees.

Be careful out there, stay safe, stay warm.

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