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Staying Safe in Winter Weather


Last month’s snowstorm served as an important reminder of staying prepared during these cold winter months. From driving tips, to stocking your home with appropriate supplies, to preventing slips and falls, here are a few steps to a safer winter.

Practice safe driving
In the event of bad weather, it’s always best to stay off the roads if possible. However, if you have to drive, be careful and be prepared.

Drive slowly and brake with caution.

Don’t stop on a hill unless absolutely necessary.

Pack your car with extra blankets, clothing, snacks and water.

Turn on your headlights.

Keep your gas tank full.

Charge your cell phone.

Prepare your home
Prepare ahead by stocking up on the following supplies:

Flashlights and batteries

Blankets and warm clothing

Food and water

Prevent accidents
To ensure the safety of yourselves and others, keep appropriate equipment on location to clear sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. Whether you are a homeowner or business owner, protect yourself from liability claims by implementing the following practices.

Prepare ahead: have a plan in place before the storm hits.

Keep a snow shovel and ice melt on hand to clear sidewalks and driveways before they become a hazard.

Dress warmly, stay hydrated and avoid overdoing it when clearing sidewalks and driveways.