How to Act During and After a Winter Storm
It’s important to know what to do during and after a blizzard strikes your area. In our previous article, we covered some of the ways to prepare for a winter storm before it occurs. Below, you can find information on how to remain safe during and after a winter storm:
- Don’t go outside in the storm, but if it’s necessary, walk carefully on snowy or icy paths. Wear appropriate clothing: layers of lightweight clothes, water repellent outer wear, a hat, mittens and a scarf.
- If you’re shoveling snow, avoid overexertion. Take breaks and lift smaller loads. Change wet clothes right away to prevent loss of body heat.
- In cases of cold temperature exposure, prevent frostbite by covering exposed skin. If you think you have frostbite, do not rub the affected area. If you’ve lost feeling in extremities, such as fingers and toes, seek shelter and medical help.
- Hypothermia is another danger when exposed to low temperatures. Symptoms include drowsiness, shivering, incoherence and memory loss. People who are experiencing hypothermia must be warmed up immediately and treated by a doctor.
- If you’re stuck on the road in your vehicle, get out and seek help only if a safe location is visible or nearby and have appropriate clothing. Follow the instructions from your local transportation department, to learn the safest route to your home. More tips for winter driving are available here.
- If you lost power because of the storm, consider going to a designated public shelter. Be aware of frostbite and hypothermia risks when going outside.
- After the storm has settled, evaluate your safety preparations and supplies kit. Think about ways you can improve your plan and what you can add to your kit to get through the next winter storm more safely. Share tips with friends and neighbors.
While you’re preparing for a winter storm, take a look at our heating equipment fire safety tips, as well. For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office.