As with other emergencies, always keep your emergency kit handy. Add seasonal components like rock salt, snow shovels, and sufficient heating fuel for your space heater or fireplace, should your home lose power.
When using a fireplace, make sure you have a heavy, working grate to minimize popping sparks or logs rolling out. When you operate a space heater, keep it on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from anything flammable to reduce the risk of fire. Never use your stove or oven to heat your home!
When you go outside, wear layers! Include gloves, weatherproof footwear, and a hat to help prevent the loss of excess body heat. If you live in a part of the country with extreme cold, make sure to stay aware of alerts about limiting outdoor exposure.
In the event of a power outage, operate a generator outside your home. Don’t hook it up to the home’s wiring, but instead connect any equipment you want to power directly to the generator. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns before candles to light your home during a power outage, to decrease the risk of fire.
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio Broadcasts during extreme winter weather. If you’re receiving a Halo+ soon, your device comes equipped with a customizable weather radio. In the meantime, it’s important to have access to this radio broadcast via an old-fashioned, battery-powered radio in the event of an extended power outage.
Winter weather varies across the country, ranging from moderate snow to blizzards, dangerously low temperatures, icing, and strong winds.
Use these tips to stay safe and warm, wherever you are!