Just because we’re hearty Iowans doesn’t mean we don’t need a few reminders about staying safe in winter weather.
Check the Forecast: Make checking the forecast part of your regular routine so you’ll know when to expect cold weather.
Adjust Your Schedule: If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day, typically the early morning. If you wait for the bus only go out when it is absolutely necessary (no more then 5 minutes ahead of time) or wait inside a car.
Protect Your Pets: If you have pets make sure they have plenty of food and water, and are not overly exposed to extreme cold. If possible, keep them inside with you.
Fill up the tank: Make sure your car or vehicle has at least a half a tank of gas during extreme cold situations so that you can stay warm if you become stranded.
Have a Winter Car Survival Kit with items like:
First Aid Kit
Basic toolkit: Pliers, wrench, screwdriver
Cat litter or sand: For better tire traction
Shovel: To dig out snow
Clothes: gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket
Warmers: Pack extra for body, hands, feet
Charged Cell Phone: Keep a spare charger
*If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful*
Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
warm winter coats
Fireplace with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
Portable space heaters (Should run on a battery)
NOTE: *As the temperature drops you should increase the amount of layers you wear*
1-2 Layers for jackets and shirts (Outer Layer should keep out wind and rain)
Warm shoes preferably waterproof (No sandals)
2-3 Layers of jackets and shirts (Outer Layer should keep out wind and rain)
1-2 layers of pants (Example: long underwear and jeans)
Socks (fuzzy work best)
Boots or other warm shoes (should be waterproof)
3+ layers of jackets and shirts (Outer Layer should keep out wind, rain, and snow and one should be insulated)
2-3+ layers of pants
2-3 layers of socks (one thin one fuzzy and thick)
Boots and snow boots (should be insulated and water proof)
Insulated gloves or mittens