November 12th through the 16th is National Winter Weather Awareness Week which makes it a great time to review a few winter safety topics on the farm and in the automobile.
Check out the cars and trucks that you drive.
- Is the antifreeze at the correct level?
- Check to be sure that your windshield washing fluid contains an anti-icing agent.
- Make sure that your wiper blades are in good repair.
- Check your spare tire and make sure it is in good shape with correct air pressure.
- Put a flash light, a few extra items of clothing and a blanket behind your seat or in your tool box in case of an emergency.
Be prepared for a power outage.
- Keep flashlights, candles, & matches in a designated place in your home so that they are easy to find if the lights go out.
- Generators come in handy when a power outage occurs, but be sure to use caution and avoid carbon monoxide gas.
- Never bring a generator into a garage or any other part of the dwelling.
Keep children and animals away from frozen farm ponds.
- Educate your children on the dangers of playing around frozen ponds.
Know the signs of hypothermia
- Early signs are shivering, fatigue, loss of coordination, confusion and disorientation.
- Late signs are no shivering, blue skin, dilated pupils, slowed pulse and breathing, loss of consciousness)
Have your fireplace or wood stove chimney cleaned and checked by a professional.
- This is very important to help prevent chimney fires.
Use extreme caution with portable space heaters.
- Be careful not to place your space heater to close to anything flammable, to include fabric on couches, curtains, blankets, etc.
- Never leave your space heater unattended.
- Keep your heater out of reach of small children.
Check on the elderly and your neighbors.
- The elderly are much more susceptible to having problems when the weather turns frigid and may need some assistance. Be a good neighbor.
By taking the time to take care of these items, you will be able to enjoy a happy and safe winter season.