How to Stay Safe During a Blizzard

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Sometimes the pretty white snow falling from the sky can turn into a very dangerous weather condition, a Blizzard. While it may be fun to go outside and play, that is not a safe decision. A blizzard consists of high winds usually above 35 miles per hour and temperatures below 20°. During a blizzard you cannot see very far, usually less than ¼ of a mile and during a severe blizzard the visibility can be much less than that.

  • Stay inside your house. A house offers the most protection from the strong, punishing winds, the extreme cold and snow.

  • Dress in layers if you absolutely have to leave your house. Be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a scarf or full ski mask to protect your lungs from the extreme cold. Wear a hat, gloves and insulated snow boots along with layered clothing under your coat.

  • Keep the temperature inside your house at your normal levels. Do not turn your heat up high or add extra wood to your fireplace. These can be a cause for fire or carbon monoxide poisoning and if your can't get out, emergency response time will be markedly slowed also.

  • Stay in one room if you have lost power. Use towels to seal cracks under doors. Layer clothing and blankets for warmth during a blizzard.

  • Listen to a battery power radio for any updates from local authorities.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always be prepared with a reserve of food and water in the event of an emergency
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