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CCBH 2012 Winter Weather Guide

Weather-related problems are often unexpected and can be dangerous. Being prepared for a potentially hazardous situation could save your life.

With that in mind, we present our 2012 Winter Weather Guide. You will find tips, terms, weblinks and ideas that will help you be safer and better prepared for the threatening conditions that come with winter weather.

General Winter Weather Tips

  • Try to stay indoors during severe winter weather.
  • If you have to go outside, be sure to dress warmly in loose fitting layers of clothing.
  • Wear heavy gloves to protect your hands and heavy socks with boots that will not absorb water.
  • Cover your mouth so that you don’t breathe in freezing cold air that can damage your lungs.
  • Keep your body dry.
  • Know the signs of hypothermia or frostbite.
  • If you are traveling on the roads when a winter storm is possible, be sure to have emergency supplies with you.
  • If you end up stranded, make sure you stay in your car or truck.
  • Run your engine for about 15 minutes every hour.
  • Open the windows a little bit to let in fresh air so that you avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make yourself visible to rescuers by turning on your car’s dome light at night when the engine is running.
  • Tie a colored cloth to your antenna, and raise the hood after the snow stops falling.
  • If you are caught outside, find a dry shelter and cover all exposed parts of your body.
  • If shelter is not available, prepare a lean-to, wind break, or snow-cave for protection from the wind.
  • Build a fire for heat and to attract attention. Place rocks around the fire to absorb and reflect heat.
  • Do not eat snow as it will lower your body temperature. Melt it first.