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Safety Tips - Blizzard

Stay in the car:
A vehicle is easier to find than you!
Avoid driving in severe winter storms:
If you are caught in a storm and your car becomes immobilized, stay in the vehicle and await rescue.  Do not attempt to walk from the car unless you can see a definite safe haven at a reasonable distance.  Disorientation during blizzard conditions comes rapidly and being lost in the snow is exceedingly dangerous. Turn on the auto engine for about 10 minutes per hour to provide heat, but always leave a down-wind window open slightly to avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.  Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of snow.  Exercise occasionally by clapping hands and moving around.  do not remain in one position for long, but avoid overexertion and exposure from shoveling or pushing the car.  Tie a bright-colored cloth high on the radio antenna.  Leave the dome light on at night as a signal for rescuers.  If more than one person is in the car, sleep only in shifts.
Car Emergency Kit:
Blanket or sleeping bag, booster cables and tools, bottled water, canned fruits and nuts, first aid kit, can opener, matches and candles flashlight, necessary medication, rain gear, & extra clothes, shovel, traction mats or chains.
Dress to fit the season:
Wear loose fitting, light-weight, warm clothing in several layers.  Trapped air insulates.  Layers can be removed to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill.  Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded.  Wear a hat.  Half your body heat loss can be from the head.  Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.  Mittens snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.  
Try to stay dry.

Blizzard Warning:
Issued when a winter storm has sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or higher and considerable falling or blowing snow reduces visibility to less than 1/4 mile.  Expected to last for at least 3 hours.  



Visit the Colorado Division of Emergency Management website for additional safety tips.



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