Watch out for signs of hypothermia in yourself and others: Shivering, dizziness, hunger, nausea, trouble speaking, confusion, increased breathing rate, blue lips and fingers, numbness at extremities, drowsiness, and clumsiness. If these are noticed, bring the person inside to an area where they can warm up.
You can take many steps to retain as much heat in your house as possible, especially if there are power outages. Close blinds or curtains to help your house stay warm. Close off unused rooms to avoid wasting heat and stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
House fires are common in the winter and can happen if you are not careful about how you heat your home. Be sure to plug only one heat-producing appliance in an outlet at a time and keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source (like a fireplace or radiator). Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
Don’t leave your vehicle unless you must.
Let others know where you are and what help you need. This includes, but is not limited to, calling non-emergency police, family/friends, and employers. Try to make your vehicle as visible as possible by turning on flashers and adding any bright-colored item in an elevated position on the vehicle.
Keep snow out of the tailpipe. It is recommended to run the vehicle for 15 minutes every hour to keep it warm and not use excess fuel. (Note: Most vehicles can idle for 24 hours on half a tank of fuel