Stay Safe In Extreme Michigan Weather Conditions

In spite of the recent weather conditions, Governor Rick Snyder said, “The heavy snowfall and expected 20-year low subzero temperatures and high winds are creating – or have the potential to create – hazardous conditions statewide. We want everyone to be safe. Let’s all pull together by taking care of ourselves and each other, which includes checking in on friends and neighbors who may need our help. It’s times like this when Michiganders are at their best”

Basic cold weather safety tips include:

Minimizing travel and staying off the roads if possible. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle.

Car trouble is the last thing that you want in these extreme Michigan weather conditions. However, there is the chance, and it is important to be prepared. Roadside assistance coverage does exist and offers services such as towing, flat tires, dead batteries, emergency fuel service, and lock out services. It may  be a good time to add a package like this to an existing policy.

Beware of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide poisoning when using alternative heating sources to warm their homes, or warming up the car in an enclosed garage.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas when burned, deadly fumes can develop in minutes  in enclosed spaces. As more of this gas is inhaled, it can cause unconsciousness, brain damage and even death. If you do suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, move yourself, your family and pets to fresh air quickly and immediately call 911.

Staying indoors if possible. If you must go outside, weather protective gear such as a hat and gloves should be worn.

Remember to  dress  in layers and keep dry. Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing makes you more prone to hypothermia. Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion. Understand the hazards of wind chill. As wind speed increases, heat is carried away from a person’s body more rapidly and could lead to severe hypothermia. Also, watch  for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.

Checking on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.

Watching pets closely and keeping them indoors when possible. If outside, have a warm shelter area with unfrozen water. Animals can also suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.

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