Contact: Scott Camps, Emergency Services Manager, Sheriff's Office
WINTER HAZARD AWARENESS WEEK NOVEMBER 13 -17, 2006
The winter season is a beautiful time of year in Minnesota. Winter is also a season that has many potential dangers. The annual “Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota”, November 13 – 17, 2006, is a time to review and prepare for winter safety and individual preparedness.
During Winter Hazard Awareness Week the National Weather Service, in cooperation with the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will issue daily statements related to winter safety. The daily statements will be broadcast over the NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.
The daily topics include:
*Winter Weather Overview
*Outdoor Winter Safety
*Winter Fire Safety
*Indoor Air Issues, Insurance
*Winter Automobile Safety
The National Weather Service offers these basic reminders:
Winter Weather Preparations
Keep ahead of winter storms by listening for the latest weather statements, watches and warnings.
Your vehicle should also be ready. Get it winterized, before the onset of winter weather.
Be equipped for the worst. Carry a winter survival kit in your car, especially when traveling in rural or open areas. Try to travel with others.
Yield to snowplows, and give them plenty of room to operate.
If your vehicle becomes stranded, stay with it until help arrives.
Do not try to walk for help during a blizzard; you could easily become lost in the whiteout conditions.
If you will be outside during storms or extreme cold, dress in layered clothing and avoid overexertion.
Be careful when shoveling snow. Shoveling is hard work and may induce a heart attack.
If you will be snowmobiling, avoid alcohol. Most snowmobile deaths are alcohol related. Take a snowmobile course offered by the DNR or check with your snowmobile dealer.
There were five fatalities last year when people fell through thin ice.
Heating fires are a major cause of residential fires in Minnesota. Turn off portable heating devices when you are away from home or when you retire early for the evening. Have your fireplace and chimney professionally inspected before winter.
Carbon monoxide is most like to accumulate inside homes during winter. Check your heating systems and ensure your home has proper ventilation. Install a UL listed carbon monoxide detector that sounds an alarm.