7 Things to know: Get ready for winter weather

From Shelia Thomson in Chatham, New Jersey

October 24, 2013 1:40:45 PM PDT
With colder weather already arriving, here are 7 things to know about preparing for the winter season.

  • 1. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you dress in layers, with the outer layer tightly woven, and preferably wind resistant.

    Adults and children should wear:

    a hat
    a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
    sleeves that are snug at the wrist
    mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
    water-resistant coat and shoes
    several layers of loose-fitting clothing

    Be sure to stay dry too - wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.

  • 2. The CDC recommends you take certain fire prevention steps too. Here are some of their tips: Store a multipurpose, dry chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
    Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
    Ensure adequate ventilation by opening an interior door or slightly opening a window if you must use a kerosene heater.
    Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use - don't substitute.
    If your heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, don't use it.
    Use fireplaces, wood stoves, and other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space. Make sure chimneys and flues are cleaned periodically.
    Do not place a space heater near things that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding.

  • 3. Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. Test the batteries each month, and replace them twice a year

  • 4.Weather-proof your home because extremely cold weather is always possible. The CDC has a checklist you can use to make sure your home is winter ready. (Click here).

  • 5. Prepare your car for the possibility of a winter weather emergency. The CDC explains how to avoid travel problems and keep your car in good working order. (Click here).

  • 6. Stock up on emergency supplies now, in case a storm hits. The CDC has tips to make sure your bases are covered, in case of an emergency. (Click here).

  • 7. And when a storm hits, staying indoors can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, but you may also face indoor hazards. Stay safe indoors with recommendations from the CDC. (Click here).

    For more health and safety tips from the CDC, please visit their website. (Click here).