Winter Weather Safety: Plan and Pack before You Go

Car driving in snowAccording to the CDC, winter cold kills twice as many people as summer heat in the US. Many of these deaths are preventable, which is why we are offering this winter weather safety advice.

Before traveling in winter weather, plan for the weather by checking your route and your car. Remember, even if you just got back from a trip, check your car again; it only take a moment for something to go wrong. Ask yourself:

Many people don’t realize that you shouldn’t leave your children or pets in the car alone in the winter time. Not only do they risk carbon monoxide poisoning if the car is running a long time with the windows shut, but extremely cold temperatures can also cause hypothermia quickly, especially for children and elderly persons.

Another smart way to prepare for winter weather is to pack your car with an emergency kit. Things to include may depend on the time of year, number of passengers and location. However, you should try to include:

Finally, remember to check in regularly with your doctor during the winter. Cold weather can exacerbate existing medical conditions, including ones you may not realize you have.


To find a Mission Health Primary Care [1] provider who’s best for you, call 828-213-3222. [2]