In the event of a winter storm, the Environmental Health and Safety Department recommends tuning to your local television and radio stations or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio to get the latest information. The National Weather Service reports that 70 percent of injuries due to snow and ice result from vehicular accidents, so stay home if weather is bad. But, if you must venture out in a storm, here are some suggestions from EH&S:
- Winterize your car; check tires for appropriate pressure and tread, cooling system, battery, wiper blades and washer fluid, etc.
- Keep extra blankets in the trunk in the event that you are stranded and have to wait for help.
- Make sure to keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Wear warm coats, hats, gloves or mittens and water resistant boots.
- Carry bottled water and non-perishable, high-energy foods such as peanut butter and granola bars.
- Have extra clothing.
- Keep a windshield scraper and brush in your car.
- Carry a disaster supplies kit for your car, including: battery-powered radio, flashlight, batteries, blankets or sleeping bags. first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, flares, tire-repair kit and pump, compass, road map, knife, sack of sand for tire traction, and tow rope.
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