Wyoming Winter Weather Awareness Day

Home and Work Safety

Snow piles up in Cody. Image courtesy of Barb Emmert.
  A common view in homes across Wyoming. This picture was taken in Cody by Barb Emmert.

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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 (see portable electric safety tips below if plan on using), 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.

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.


Animal Safety
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.

See info graphics below for more cold weather safety tips for you pets and animals. 

 Winter Pet SafetyWinter Safety for Large Animals.


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) | Portable Electric Heater Safety Tips

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