Prepare Your House for Winter

  1. Trim Tree Limbs - Make sure any tree limbs or branches surrounding your home are at least three feet away from the house.
  2. Insulate Windows/Attic - You can lower your home's energy costs by up to 20% and make your home more comfortable by reducing drafts.
  3. Clear Gutters & Downspouts - After the leaves have fallen, clean out your gutters to avoid clogging, which can cause ice dams and expensive repairs.
  4. Check On The Roof - A roof inspection can help you spot any potential issues and help to avoid a leaky roof after a heavy snowfall.
  5. Inspect the Fireplace - Inspect your fireplace on the inside & outside of your house to make sure it is in good shape for the season and there isn't any damage.
  6. Install & test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Car and Home checklists in JPG formChecklist for at Home

  • Flashlight & Batteries
  • Candles
  • Blankets & Warm Clothing
  • Prescription Medications Filled
  • Cell Phone/charger
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Bottled Water
  • Bag of Salt & Shovel

Checklist for in Your Car

  • First Aid Kit
  • Tank full of gas
  • Blankets & warm clothing
  • Windshield scraper/brush
  • Cell Phone/Charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Tool Kit
  • Salt/sand/kitty litter & shovel
  • Non-perishable food/water

Winter Traveling Tips

  • Pack an emergency supply kit
  • Winterize your vehicle:
    • Install Winter/new wipers
    • Mount winter tires
    • Keep washer fluid full
    • Service your vehicle regularly
    • Maintain proper tire pressure
    • Keep the gas tank at least half full
    • Clean all debris from your vehicle
    • Keep your rear window defroster in working order
    • Pack a winter safety kit
  • Stay mobile (charge your devices)
  • Check road conditions
  • Check the NWS forecast
  • Share your travel plans with family or friends


Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.

  • Numbness
  • White/grayish-yellow skin
  • Firm or waxy skin

Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.


Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.

  • Confusion
  • Exhaustion
  • Shivering
  • Fumbling Hands
  • Memory Loss
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Sleepiness
  • Stiff Muscles

Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first-chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

  • Dress in layers/Cover exposed skin/Limit time outside
  • Don't forget your pets - bring them indoors
  • Shovel Smart - Stay hydrated/Take frequent breaks/Only move small amounts with each pass
    • Shoveling heavy, wet snow can put a big strain on the heart

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