Health & Safety

December 20, 2017

Creech winter safety tips

Senior Airman Christian Clausen
Creech AFB, Nev.

The winter holidays bring family fun, festivities and traditions, but also brings extra safety precautions to take into consideration.

Prepare vehicles:
* Tire air pressure will drop as the temperature drops. Keep an eye on this for optimal vehicle traction and safety.
* The sun sets earlier this time of year, it’s important to ensure that vehicle lights are functioning properly.
* Drive cautiously in inclement weather as grip is significantly reduced in icy or snowy areas.
* Ensure antifreeze levels are sufficient to keep the engine from seizing.
* Check the road status before traveling to areas of higher elevation such as Mt. Charleston.
* Keep a winter emergency kit in the car in case of an accident or vehicle failure. The kit should include blankets, food, water, a first-aid kit and a spare tire.

Prepare the home:
* Inspect the home’s heating system and change air filters regularly to ensure proper function.
* Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys before use.
* If using a space heater, ensure it’s placed on a hard level surface at least three feet away from flammable items.

General tips:
* Dress in layers to stay warm.
* Bring pets inside during cold periods of the day.
* Plan holiday travel in advance.  

Visit the Centers for Disease Control’s Winter Weather website for more information on winter safety tips.

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