How To Protect Yourself In A Snowstorm

If you live in an area where it snows or you travel to a snowy place often, then there are some definite safety precautions you must follow to keep yourself safe in the event of a sudden snowstorm.  Follow these useful tips to help you stay healthy and safe.

Have Items In Your Car

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Make sure that your car is always stocked with a cell phone charger, water bottles, snacks, warm jackets, a first aid kit, a flashlight with batteries and jumper cables. And make sure you have at least a half a tank of gas wherever you go.  

I heard a heart-wrenching story on the news the other day in which a woman and her husband were caught in a snowstorm in the middle of nowhere and their cell phones died so they couldn’t call anyone for help. The husband went out to find help but didn’t make it out alive.  This is something that we should all try to avoid.  The couple also ignored signs not to enter that specific road.

Stay Warm

If you’re stranded and have enough gas, turn your car on once every hour to use the heater to keep warm and try to stay in your car for as long as possible.  According to Women’s Health Magazine, as long as it’s safe to step outside your car for a second, “make sure that your tail pipe is clear to prevent carbon monoxide buildup, and brush off the heater vents on the outside of your windshield.” You should also keep your window slightly cracked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and keep the snow and wind from sealing the cold in.

Call For Help

Call 911 to help you if you’re freezing and stranded in your car.  Sometimes it can even take emergency vehicles a while to get to you during a storm, so just stay on the phone with the operator and remain calm.  If you absolutely need to exit your vehicle, try to pull over to the shoulder and stop at some sort of rest stop or at the end of the guard rail.  

You never know when a snowstorm may hit so be prepared. 

 

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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