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Winter is well on its way and it is important to be prepared for the accompanying frigid temperatures, snow, and ice. Here are a few tips to make sure you are ready to stay safe and healthy through the threats winter presents.

First, wear clothing appropriate for the outdoor weather, such as a well-insulated, wind-resistant coat or jacket. Wear warm layers of inner clothing so you can add and remove layers as needed for the weather. Wear hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and waterproof boots for added warmth and protection from the weather.

Secondly, prepare your home for the winter weather. Insulate the walls and windows of your home and repair any roof leaks. Protect water lines from freezing temperatures. Have your heating system professionally serviced to make sure it is working properly. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and test those already present.

Thirdly, pay attention to information about the weather and avoid traveling during weather service advisories in your area. If you do travel during weather service advisories, inform a friend or family member of your travel route and expected arrival time. This will help people locate you in case you become stranded.

Lastly, in case you become stranded, keep an emergency kit in your car. An emergency kit should include food, water, blankets, cell phone and charger, first-aid kit, flashlight, and other necessities for the time until help can reach you.

For more information on equipping yourself for winter emergencies, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage on staying safe and healthy during the winter.