Winter Weather Safety
With winter upon us, Appalachian has a “Winter Storm Ready” site with great information to keep you safe, warm and ready for winter!
Check out the some of the following topics:
- Winter Driving Safety
- Clear: Remove any snow on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals.
- Inspect: Check your vehicle’s tires, wiper blades, fluids, lights, belts and hoses.
- Time: Allow plenty of time to reach your destination safely.
- Visibility: Stay attentive and reduce speed. Know what’s going on around you.
- Speed: The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop; take it slow to avoid slipping or sliding.
- Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.
- Black Ice: You cannot see black ice on the road. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas.
- Distance: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Brake: Brake early, brake slowly- never slam on the brakes.
- Winter Heating Safety
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from heat sources.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Make sure your heating equipment and chimneys are cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Fireplaces need a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
- All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
- Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.