5 Winter Safety Tips to Keep You Safe This Winter

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Wintertime comes with a unique set of concerns and safety precautions. They are important in our homes, our cars, and when we find ourselves outside—or perhaps at risk of spending more time outside than we intended.

Follow these five winter safety tips to help you get through the season safely and comfortably:

Use Rock Salt on Roads and Sidewalks

Better safe than sorry! Ice can create dangerous conditions for cars and pedestrians both. Use rock salt to melt the ice in front of your home or business so you and others can get to your car, mailbox, or front door safely.

Stay Warm

Dress in layers, and make sure you have plenty of winter warmth accessories: gloves, hats, scarves, socks, and boots. Don’t assume you’ll “just be out for a second”. This is especially important for young children (who would play outside for hours without realizing how cold it is!), the elderly, and, of course, for anyone who works outside.

Prepare Your Car

This includes winter tires and regularly checking to ensure they hold their air pressure. You should also stock your car for winter safety following these tips from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Before you leave on a trip, make sure you have a full tank of gas. Avoid travel when advised.

Prepare Your Home

You’ll stay warmer, save money, and prevent costly repairs if you make sure you’re heating your home efficiently. Insulate your water pipes and install a smart thermostat. You can also dress more warmly around the house and keep the temperature a degree or two lower to help you save on heating costs.

Check for Fire Hazards

If you have a fireplace in your home, you should have your chimney inspected once per year and cleaned as necessary (which may be more than once a year in some cases). Avoid leaving a fire or even a candle unattended, particularly if you have pets or children. When you decorate for the holidays, check for wire damage and make sure you don’t leave the lights on for too long.

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