Winter Weather Preparedness
To help residents prepare for potentially dangerous weather, the Village of Schaumburg would like to highlight some safety tips and guidelines on how to prepare yourself, your home and your vehicle for winter weather conditions.
- Avoid overexertion such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car or walking in deep snow. The strain from the cold and the hard labor of snow shoveling could cause a heart attack at any age. Don’t ignore chest pain or tightness in your chest. Remember to dial 911 in an emergency.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing in several layers. The trapped air between the layers insulates. Layers can be removed to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill.
- Wear outer garments that are tightly woven, water repellent and hooded.
- Wear a hat. A significant amount of body heat is lost through the top of the head.
- Wear mittens that are snug at the wrist. Mittens offer better protection. Gloves allow your fingers to cool much faster than mittens.
- Cover your mouth and nose with scarves to help protect your lungs from cold air.
- Keep your feet as dry as possible. Wear wool socks.
- Winterize your home to extend your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weatherizing doors and windows and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
- Take steps to prevent frozen pipes including insulating pipes that are prone to freezing (those near outer walls, crawl spaces or attics), sealing any leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located, disconnecting garden hoses and shutting off/draining water from pipes leading to outside faucets. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the location of the main water shutoff valve in the event of a pipe burst.
- Create a family emergency supply kit. Read more about creating one here.
- Prepare your vehicle for the winter by checking your wipers, tires, lights and fluid levels regularly. Make sure the brakes and transmission are working properly. Lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent them from freezing.
- Refuel often, keeping your gas tank near full to prevent ice in the tank and fuel lines, which could leave you stranded.
- Keep your windows clear of snow and ice. Do not start driving until your windshield is defrosted.
- Buckle your seatbelts!
- Drive slower and increase your following distance during inclement weather such as freezing rain and snow. Your speed should be adjusted for the conditions and match the flow of traffic.
- Be prepared to turn back and seek shelter if conditions become threatening.
- Only use a cell phone if you are safely over to the side of the road or in a parking lot. Refrain from talking on your cell phone while driving to prevent distracted driving.
- Create a winter storm survival kit for travelers. Read more about creating one here.
For additional information, read the complete Winter Weather Preparedness Guide.