WINTER SAFETY TIPS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

Westover, Md. – Snow, ice and freezing rain is predicted for Wednesday, February 20th. The Somerset County Health Department urges everyone to practice these winter safety tips to stay safe. 

When driving:

  • Do not drive unless you must do so. If you drive, please go slow.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Clear ice and snow off vehicle windows, mirrors and windshields before driving.

When home:

  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes.
  • Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house.
  • Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged.
  • Sprinkle cat litter, sand, or rock salt on icy sidewalks, steps, and driveways.
  • Make sure smoke detectors are in working order.
  • Bring all pets inside. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
  • Check on your neighbors particularly the elderly and disabled.

 For more information on tips to keep warm and be safe in winter weather visit http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather, somersethealth.org or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/somersethd.

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