During extremely cold weather, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Learn how to prepare for winter storms, prevent cold temperature-related health problems, and protect yourself during all stages of a winter storm.
Stay Safe Indoors:
Use care with space heaters and fireplaces to prevent fires. Keep anything that could catch fire at least 3 feet (1 meter) from the heat!
Avoid using candles because of the fire risk. Use battery-powered lights and flashlights instead.
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning is common during power outages when people use other means to heat and cook. You can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Only use generators, grills, and camp stoves outdoors and away from windows.
Carbon monoxide kills. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak, get to fresh air right away – do not delay.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and home fires, never heat your home with a cooking oven or stove.
Be Ready for Extreme Cold:
Gather food, water, and medicine before a winter storm. Stores might be closed, and it may be unsafe to travel.
You may lose access to drinking water. Set aside at least one gallon of drinking water per person per day.
Have a snow shovel and ice-melting products to keep your walkways safe.