Creech winter safety tips

By Senior Airman Christian Clausen 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

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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 https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html.