by Jenelle L. Ferguson, Garrison Safety Office

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Outdoor temperatures are starting to drop and with the winter season approaching, now is the time to consider safety tips to prepare for the upcoming cold weather. It is important to protect yourself against cold weather dangers such as frostbite and hypothermia when you are exposed to extreme cold. As well, maintaining a safe home and a reliable vehicle for travel is an important part of cold weather safety.


When outside:


  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothes to stay warm, nothing tight to cut off circulation

  • Wear hats, scarves and gloves to help retain your body heat

  • Cover your mouth to prevent penetration of cold air.

     *Unless you are wearing a face covering made to protect against the spread of the coronavirus and extreme cold, place a scarf over your face mask to provide additional warmth 

  • If you have to be outdoors for long periods of time, take short breaks in a warm, dry shelter to let your body heat up

  • Set time limits on outdoor play for children


Many people take for granted the comfort of a warm home, but sometime fall short on maintaining safety aspects for that space.

  • If using a space heater, ensure it has tip over protection and is positioned on a level surface (no carpet) at least three feet from anything flammable such as curtains, rugs, bedding, etc

  • Turn off space heaters before going to bed

  • Never use a oven to heat you home

  • Bring pets indoor or have warm shelter

  • Keep dryer vents free of snow and ice

  • Never run generators indoors


Cold weather preparedness is essential for vehicles:

  • Check the battery

  • Regularly check fuel level

  • Check fluids: coolant, wiper fluid, oil, etc

  • Check tire pressure

Keep jumper cables, first aid/emergency kit and a blanket in the vehicle