As we head into the winter season, we at Keches Law Group would like to share some tips to help make sure you stay safe and healthy through the impending snow and storm season.
- Make sure to check your roof, windows, heating systems, chimneys, fireplaces, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Make sure to keep space heaters at least 3 feet from furniture, bedding, or drapes. Never cover space heaters or plug one into an extension cord or power strip.
- Be sure to remove ice and snow from any walkways/driveways, and put down salt, sand, or another de-icing product to prevent slips and falls.
- Make sure to keep an emergency kit in your home that includes flashlights, candles, matches, batteries, first-aid kit, medicine, and any necessary items for infants, children, and the elderly.
- Make sure to keep extra food, water, blankets and supplies in the house.
- Check your tire tread and replace it with all-weather or snow tires.
- Make sure to keep your gas tank full to prevent ice from getting in the fuel lines and/or tank.
- Be sure to check that your antifreeze and windshield washer fluid are full.
- Make sure to keep an emergency kit in your car containing water, snacks, first-aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries, portable cell phone charger, blankets, and emergency flares.
Yourself and Family Members:
- Make sure to wear layers of warm loose-fitting clothing, wind and water-resistant coat, waterproof boots, and a hat/gloves/scarf to prevent hypothermia and frostbite.
- Be careful when performing any outdoor activities, such as shoveling your driveway or removing snow from your car, especially if you have a medical condition.
- Make sure to inform someone where you are, and when you are participating in outdoor activities. Be sure to carry a charged cell phone.
- Thoroughly inspect lakes or ponds that appear to be frozen before walking or performing winter sports on them as this will help prevent accidents. Be mindful that the ice could be thin and crack easily.
- Make sure to bring pets inside.