Seasonal November 24, 2017
Here Are The 9 Most Dangerous Things About A Pennsylvania Winter
Glistening snow, covering rooftops and trees, turns Pennsylvania into a wonderland each winter. Snow means sled riding, making snowmen, and watching the snow tumble from inside your cozy home with a cup of hot chocolate. Winter can be a magical time. But, unfortunately, there are some dangerous things you have to watch out for during a Pennsylvania winter, including:
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Icy roads
When the temperatures dip, the roads start to freeze in PA. Obviously, it's safer to stay off the roads when they're icy but that's not always possible. Although PennDOT regularly salts the roads, we'll still run into ice and, even scarier, black ice. One of the best things you can do when facing icy roads is to remember how to overcome a skid. Always steer in the direction in which you want to go.
2. Inexperienced/nervous drivers
Driving during the winter can be a significant challenge for even the most experienced drivers. But, for new or nervous drivers, that challenge is even greater. PennDOT recommends that you leave at least six car lengths between your car and the car in front of you. And, of course, slow down when driving in inclement weather.
3. Snow on the road/another vehicle
How many times have you noticed another vehicle on the road with a huge chunk of snow still on its roof? It's incredibly dangerous for any drivers who happen to be around that vehicle. Should ice or snow fly off of your vehicle and hit another vehicle or individual, you could receive a ticket.
4. Carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide has been labeled a silent killer for good reason. It doesn't smell and kills very quickly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers numerous tips on how to protect yourself and your family from CO poisoning. Start by adding battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors to your home.
turn your vehicle on and leave it running in the garage or another enclosed space. Only use a generator that has been professionally installed.
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5. Getting stuck in a snowstorm
We usually have sufficient warning of an impending snowstorm. However, we should always be prepared just in case we somehow become stranded. PennDOT recommends always having a least a half of a tank of gas, having an emergency kit in your vehicle, and having a cell phone.
Frostbite or hypothermia are both dangers during a Pennsylvania winter. If you're outside with exposed skin when it's 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind chill is 15 miles per hour, you can suffer from frostbite in as quickly as a half an hour, according to the National Weather Service. Always bundle up when you go outdoors in the winter. And, if you become stranded, stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
PA's home to a pretty significant population of deer. As with any time of the year, keep an eye out for deer and slow down when approaching one, especially during the winter.
8. Snow squall/white out
White outs happen when we least expect them. And, let's face it, they're scary
and incredibly dangerous. PennDOT recommends keeping your low beams on during blowing snow and to slow down. Only pull over to the side of the road when it is safe to do so.
9. Downed power lines
Downed power lines, which are fairly common during the winter months, can be deadly.
Never touch a downed power line and stay as far away from it as possible. Never drive over a downed power line. Instead, contact your electric company immediately and allow professionals to deal with the problem.
How do you prepare for a Pennsylvania winter? Share your thoughts and strategies below! Then
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