Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week
Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week is Nov. 5-9 and Minnesotans are known for their tenacity in dealing with all the cold and snow that Mother Nature can throw our way.
The National Weather Service and the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security promotes winter safety and individual preparedness. Individual preparedness means each one of us needs to take the time to prepare our homes, cars, and work place for any type emergency.
Minnesota residents suffer injuries or death each year because they are unaware or unprepared for the dangers of a Minnesota Winter. Winter Hazard Awareness Week is about education and information to remind all of us to take measures to have a warm, safe and enjoyable winter season.
It’s also a time when we must take precautions to stay informed and be aware of the potential risks and hazards that come along with the Minnesota winters that can last from November to April.
To help Minnesota residents minimize their risks in dealing with the hazards of winter, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, in collaboration with the National Weather Service and local emergency management offices sponsors Winter Hazard Awareness Week.
The week-long event includes a media campaign and other informational materials posted on our website: http://hsem.dps.mn.gov.
The events are:
Monday: Winter storms and weather, such as outlooks, watches, warnings and advisories.
Tuesday: Outdoor winter safety on ice, snowmobile safety, hypothermia and frostbite.
Wednesday: Winter fire safety on heating, cooking and holiday fire safety.
Thursday: Indoor winter safety, such as carbon monoxide, the deadly winter hazard, mold, chemical and environmental exposure and radon.
Friday: Winter driving, such as auto safety, snowplows, road conditions, using 5-1-1, winter driving tips, car survival kits and calling 911 on a cell phone.