Wyoming Winter Weather Awareness Day
Home and Work Safety
State Highway 789 south of Riverton during a winter storm. Webcam image courtesy of WYDOT.
When a Winter Storm Strikes At Home, Work, or on the Ranch.
Stay Inside: When using alternate heat from a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc., use fire safeguards and properly ventilate.
If you have no heat:Close off unneeded rooms, stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors, cover windows at night, wear layers of loose fitting clothing, be sure to eat and continue to replenish the body with fluids to prevent dehydration.
Move animals to sheltered areas:Shelter belts, properly laid out and oriented, are better protection for cattle than confining shelters, such as sheds.
Haul extra feed to nearby livestock feeding areas BEFORE the winter storm starts.
Most animals die from dehydration in winter storms:Have water available.
Make sure pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.
AVOID OVEREXERTION, such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car or walking in deep snow. The strain from the cold and the hard labor may cause a heart attack. Sweating could lead to a chill and hypothermia.