Severe Weather Safety

When winter storms are in the forecast, consider getting prepared and using some simple storm safety tips. If you do experience an outage, report your outage online.

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Safety tips for winter weather

  • Have an emergency kit

    Stay severe-weather and storm ready by making an emergency kit for your home, workplace and vehicles. Get more info on building yours here.

  • Watch space heater placement

    If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface. Keep anything flammable at least three feet away.

  • Operate generators outside

    Don't operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

  • Wear layers

    Heavy, warm material and layers of clothing will help keep you warmer. Gloves, hats and heavy socks may also help prevent your skin from getting too cold.

  • Check AC/furnace unit

    Make sure your HVAC has a clean filter and is free from debris. Or learn more about tune ups

  • Bring pets indoors

    If they can’t come inside, make sure they have shelter and access to water.

Winter storm health hazards

Two potentially life-threatening dangers occur in freezing conditions―frostbite and hypothermia. Wear warm, loose-fitting, layered clothing to help protect yourself and your family from them, and learn to recognize their symptoms.

  • Frostbite is the freezing of toes, fingers and other body parts. Its symptoms include cold, waxy or discolored skin, ranging from flushed to white, gray, yellow or blue, and loss of feeling in the affected areas. If you suspect frostbite has occurred, move the person to a warm place and get medical assistance as soon as possible. Warm but do not rub the affected areas.
  • Hypothermia is a shut-down of the body's warming system. Its symptoms include shivering, weakness, numbness, confusion and unconsciousness. Move the person to a warm place, replace any wet clothing with warm, dry clothes and call 911.

For safety information related to storms and outages, learn about power outage safety or how to prepare for outages.