• To save heat close off unneeded rooms, cover windows at night and stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
• Maintain adequate food and water intake. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
If travel is necessary:
• Use caution when driving in winter conditions. The highest rate of traffic crashes due to winter weather is in the month of November when the snow first starts to fall over Michigan.
• Inform someone of your destination and travel time. Bring a cell phone in case you must call for help.
If traveling and the power goes out:
• Use extreme caution when driving. If traffic signals are out, treat each signal as a stop sign—come to a complete stop at every intersection and look for oncoming traffic before proceeding.
• Do not call 9-1-1 to ask about the power outage. Listen to news radio stations for updates and contact your electrical company.
If stranded in a vehicle:
• Do not leave your vehicle.
• Do not park under an overpass or bridge as this can trap deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
• Attach a bright cloth to your antenna to attract attention.
• Run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open the window slightly for fresh air and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.
• Attract attention by turning on the dome light and emergency flashers when running the engine.
• To keep blood circulating and to stay warm, exercise by moving arms, legs, fingers and toes.
If stranded outside:
• Try to stay dry and cover all exposed parts of the body.
• Prepare a windbreak or snow cave for protection from the wind. Build a fire for heat and to attract attention.
Do not eat snow because it will lower your body temperature. Melt it first.