Be prepared for winter weather (whenever winter arrives)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Winter weather can be scary, dangerous and often unpredictable, especially during icy, wet or snowy seasons. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety has tips to keep yourself prepared and safe if you are at home, work and everywhere in between. 

Don’t risk it! Know these winter weather driving tips to keep you safe. 

  • Always keep your gas tank full to prevent ice from forming in tank or lines.

  • Make sure to check your tire pressure and replace any worn tires.

  • Drive slowly. It is harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or icy road. 

  • Increase your following distance to allow more time to stop. 

  • Replace wipers as soon as they start showing signs of wear. 

  • Always keep emergency supplies in your car. Include a flashlight, blanket, ice scraper, first aid kit and bottled water.

Be careful when you walk, too. A few helpful reminders you may not think about. 

  • For icy and winter weather conditions, walk like a penguin to make sure you stay upright. 

  • Keep your knees loose. Extend your arms to the side to keep your balance and lower your center of gravity. Keep your hands out of your pockets at all times to break your fall if you start to slip. Spread your feet out slightly while walking on icy surfaces.

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting clothes, a water resistant coat, mittens/gloves and water-resistant boots. 

  • Wear a scarf or hat to cover your face and mouth. 

  • Avoid walking on ice or getting wet. 

  • Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite. 

Safety extends to your home! A few things to be mindful of. 

  • Never turn on the stove for heat.

  • Use an electric space heater with automatic shut-off. 

  • Never burn paper in a fireplace. 

  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater. 

  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water. 

For more information and safety information, visit UNC Charlotte’s Environmental Health and Safety website. You can also get NinerReady by viewing Emergency Management's winter weather resources

Story: Jordan Estabrook