Weather Safety Rules



Winter Travel Safety Rules  


•If the storm exceeds or even tests your limitation, seek available refuge immediately.


•Plan your travel and select primary and alternate routes.


•Check the latest weather information on your radio.


•Try not to travel alone; two or three persons are preferable.


•Always fill your gasoline tank before entering open country, even for a short distance.


•Suggested winter storm car kit includes blankets or sleeping bags, matches and candles, empty 3-pound coffee can with plastic lid (for melting snow to provide drinking water), facial tissue, paper towels, extra clothing, high calorie, nonperishable food, compass, shovel, sack of sand, flashlight or signal light, windshield scrapper, booster cables, tire chains, tow chains, fire extinguisher, catalytic heater and axe.


Winter Storm Safety Rules  


Keep ahead of winter storms by preparing ahead. . . •Check battery powered equipment before the storm arrives. A portable radio or television set may be your only contact with the world outside.


•Check your food stock and extra supplies. Your supply should include food that requires no cooking or refrigeration in case of power failure.


•Stay indoors during storms unless you are in peak physical condition. If you must go out, avoid overexertion.


•Do not kill yourself shoveling snow. It is extremely hard work for anyone in less than prime physical condition, and can bring on a heart attack, a major cause of death during and after winter storms.


Fog Driving Safety Rules  


•Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will only be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility even more.


•Slow down . . . Slow down . . . Slow down.


•Listen for traffic you cannot see.


•Use wipers and defrosters as necessary for maximum visibility.


•Be patient. Do not pass lines of traffic.


•Do not stop on a freeway or heavily traveled road. If your car stalls or becomes disabled, move away from the vehicle to avoid personal injury.


•Consider postponing your trip until the fog clears. Usually by late morning or during the afternoon, visibilities improve.


If a Blizzard Traps You in Your Automobile  


•Avoid overexertion and exposure. Attempting to push your car, shovel heavy drifts, and other difficult chores during a blizzard may cause a heart attack even for someone in apparently good physical condition.


•Stay in your vehicle. Do not attempt to walk out of a blizzard. Disorientation comes quickly in blowing and drifting snow. You are more likely to be found when sheltered in your car.


•Keep fresh air in your car. Freezing wet snow and wind driven snow can completely seal the passenger compartment.


•Beware the gentle killers: Carbon monoxide and oxygen starvation. Run the motor and heater sparingly, and only with the downwind window open for ventilation. Make sure the tailpipe is unobstructed.


•Exercise by clapping hands and moving arms and legs vigorously from time to time, and do not stay in one position for long.


•Turn on dome light at night. It can make your vehicle visible to work crews.


•Keep watch. Do not allow all occupants of the car to sleep at once.


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