Winter Weather Safety

Every winter people die in America from exposure to cold, carbon monoxide poisoning, traffic accidents on icy and snowy roads, and heart attacks when shoveling snow. To survive a winter storm you must be prepared. When winter is here, follow these tips.
  1. Indoors
  2. Outdoors
  3. Frostbite
  4. Hypothermia
  5. Shoveling Snow
  6. Heating Equipment

Indoor Tips


  • Drink non-alcoholic beverages like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and soup.
  • If you suspect a problem with your heater, have it checked immediately.
  • Keep space heaters away from walls, furniture, and curtains.
  • Keep your carbon monoxide detector in working order.
  • Listen to the radio for continuous weather updates.
  • Offer assistance to elderly and disabled people living alone.
  • Prescription drugs may increase vulnerability to cold. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.
This information is provided by the Clayton County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in cooperation with Region VI Homeland Security Emergency Management.