Wyoming Winter Weather Awareness Day

Home and Work Safety

State Highway 789 south of Riverton during a winter storm.
  State Highway 789 south of Riverton during a winter storm.  Webcam image courtesy of WYDOT.

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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.

During Winter Storms Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit Available At Your Home or Workplace:

Flashlight with extra batteries
Battery powered NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio
Extra food and water
Extra medicine and baby items
First-aid supplies
Heating fuel
Emergency heat source
Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm

Additional Information

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Winter Safety: National Website | WY Winter Safety Brochure | Winter Storms: Deceptive Killers | Winter Safety Info (Red Cross)

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