DISTRIBUTION PRESS RELEASE
December 5, 2017
Media and Communications Office
Texans of Winter Weather Safety Tips
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public
Safety (DPS) encourages Texans in all regions of the state to make preparations
for winter weather as we enter the cold weather season.
“While we’ve all heard the joke about
Texas only having two seasons – hot and hotter – all Texans need to
prepare now for the serious threats that the upcoming winter could bring,” said
DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Every year, Texas faces the dangers of winter
weather conditions, including freezing temperatures, ice, sleet, and even snow.
Texans are urged to stay informed about changing weather in their area and to
take steps now to help stay safe during the coming months.”
Texans should winterize their vehicles
by checking the battery, windshield wipers (including appropriate freeze
resistant-fluid), tire pressure, tire tread, fluid levels, and lubricate door
and trunk locks to prevent freezing. In addition, here is a list of emergency
supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:
- Blankets/sleeping bags, extra
clothing, gloves and a hat.
- Cell phone, radio, flashlight
and extra batteries.
- First-aid kit and pocket knife.
- High calorie, non-perishable
food and bottled water.
- Bag of sand or cat litter to
provide traction for tires.
- Windshield scraper, tool kit,
booster cables, tow rope and a shovel.
DPS offers the following additional tips
for staying safe during possible winter weather:
- Monitor local weather broadcasts and follow
up-to-the-minute weather conditions, at http://www.weather.gov/.
- Purchase an all-hazards weather radio for up-to-date
warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information.
- Sign up for your local emergency notification system.
- Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before
any trip, and keep your gas tank full.
- On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance
required for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.
- Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If
power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
extra time when traveling in inclement weather.
traveling when sleet, freezing rain or snow is predicted, and monitor road
conditions by visiting www.drivetexas.org
or by calling 1-800-452-9292.
outside faucets and pipes near outer walls.
sure that furnaces, heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves are clean,
well-ventilated and in good working condition.
- To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning,
NEVER operate generators and other fuel-powered devices inside a home or
an enclosed space, such as a garage. The deadly odorless, colorless gas is
produced any time a fossil fuel is burned, with sources including motor
vehicle engines, generators and fuel-burning appliances or heating
systems. Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector.
arrangements for proper shelter and an emergency supply of food and water
for your pets and livestock.
up on firewood and supplies, including canned goods and bottled water.
you will be away from home for a long period of time, set your thermostat
to 55 degrees or higher and open cabinets under sinks.
sure you have inclement weather contact numbers for schools and work.
on friends and family members whose health or age may put them at greater
risk from cold weather.
the winter season, residents can contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour
helpline, to check on possible community-established warming centers or related
services in their area. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1
or 877-541-7905 for community resources.
for additional information and tips regarding winter weather