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Winter Weather Safety Tips

Winter can bring with it a wide variety of potentially dangerous weather including wind, snow and rain. From impacting roadways, outdoor activities, power sources, and more, being prepared for these conditions can bring you and your family some peace of mind this winter season. Please make sure to refresh yourself and your family with these important winter safety reminders:
 
Driving/traveling:
 
Drive for conditions: slower speeds, slower acceleration, leave extra space between vehicles, give yourself more time and space to stop
 
Check the Washington DOT links for further information on traveling in inclement weather and flooding.
 
Outdoor activities:
 
  • Be prepared by dressing for the weather! If you are hiking, make sure you have a cellphone or two-way radio, food/water, thermal blanket, compass, flash light and a first aid kit.
 
  • During the pandemic small outdoor social gatherings have become more frequent. If your outdoor gathering includes a bonfire, never use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires. Don't wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing. Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the fire. Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose or bucket of water nearby at all times.
 
Power outages:
 
Be prepared for power outages! Click here for guidelines on supplies to have on hand and food safety. Never bring an outdoor grill inside!
 
Flooding:
 
Heavy rains can mean flooding in our region. Stay on top of flood information here!
 
 
Stay safe out there, Wildcats.....spring will be here before we know it!