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Posted on: December 1, 2021

Be Prepared: Winter Weather is Coming

Collage: Boy throwing snowball; dogs playing in snow; young woman blowing snow out of her hands.

As the cold season approaches, prepare for the possibility of winter weather that can cause vehicle accidents and hypothermia. The weight of snow and ice could potentially knock down power lines causing electrical outages for an extended period of time. The following tips can assist residents in preparing for inclement weather and staying safe.

Winter Weather Safety Tips

  • Wear several layers of water-repellent loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing instead of one heavy layer.
  • Ensure heating sources are working correctly and are well ventilated. It is essential to have equipment serviced regularly.
  • Avoid driving on overpasses and bridges. These often freeze more quickly than roads.
  • Winterize vehicles. Flush the cooling system, replace the coolant, the wiper blades, etc.
  • Prepare a “Go Kit” (blanket, gloves, etc.) for the vehicle in the event of being stranded.
  • Insulate outside faucets and pipes; keep inside faucets dripping when the temperature falls below freezing. 
  • Ensure animals have plenty of food, water and shelter for extreme weather conditions.
  • Check on the elderly and children as they can be extra vulnerable to cold weather. 

Visit CityofIrving.org/Emergency-Management for more information about winter weather or disaster preparedness. 

Find additional resources at Ready.gov and KnoWhat2Do.com.

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