There has not been a winter in Illinois in recent history that has not produced a severe winter storm. On average, Illinois experiences five severe winter storms each year. The hazards that winter storms and extreme cold can be catastrophic. However, your family can take actions now that will increase your chances of surviving winter storms and extreme cold. Continue reading for tips on how to remain safe and alert.
Severe Winter Weather Terms
- A watch means severe weather is possible
- A warning means severe weather is occurring
Protect Your Family
- Do not use kerosene heaters inside your home
- Dress appropriately in layered clothing
- Have your home heating system checked for proper operation
- Battery powered radio
- Do not use candles - they are a fire hazard
- Extra drinking water
- Extra medication
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Foods that do not require cooking
Safe Holiday Season
During the holiday season, use caution when installing decorations. Avoid the use of multiple extension cords and do not overload electrical outlets. Never use candles on or around your decorations or Christmas tree. If you haven't already done so, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.