Keeping your families & your neighbors safe in extreme temperatures. Be Prepared!
Check on your neighbor:
Ohioans are urged to check on their neighbors as temperatures across much of
the state are expected to dip into the negative double-digits. Ohioans should
get in touch with friends, family and loved ones, and help spread the word
about how to stay safe in the extreme cold.
• Learn how to best help older
Ohioans in your neighborhood with these tips from the Ohio Department of Aging.
Follow these important steps
to protect yourself, your family and your neighbors:
Use fireplace, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are
properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air
Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors—the fumes are deadly.
• Never leave lit candles
• Keep as much heat as possible
inside your home.
Check the temperature in your home often during severely cold weather.
Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
• Eat well-balanced meals to
help you stay warmer
If you must go outside:
• Dress warmly and stay dry.
• Wear a hat, scarf, and
• Avoid frostbite.
• If you have to do heavy
outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly.
• Avoid walking on ice or
• Notify friends and family
where you will be before you go hiking, camping, or skiing.
• Avoid traveling on
ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.
• If you are stranded, it is
safest to stay in your car.
Be cautious about travel:
Listen for radio or television reports of travel advisories issued by the
National Weather Service.
not travel in low visibility conditions.
Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all
you must travel by car, use tire chains and take a mobile phone with you.
you must travel, let someone know your destination and when you expect to
arrive. Ask them to
notify authorities if you are late.
Check and restock the winter emergency supplies in your car before you leave.
Never pour water on your windshield to remove ice or snow; shattering may
Don’t rely on a car to provide sufficient heat; the car may break down.
• Always carry additional warm
clothing appropriate for the winter conditions.