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On the road this winter? If winter storms are a possibility in your area, keep this advice in mind:

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* Listen for travel warnings.


* Avoid icy roads if possible.

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* Use tire chains.


* Let someone know where you're going and when you expect to arrive. Ask him to notify help if you're late.


* Check and restock emergency supplies in your car before you leave.


* Avoid pouring water on your ice-covered windshield to clear it; it could shatter.


* Stay in the car. Don't try to walk for help unless it's visible within 100 yards.


* Signal for help by displaying a "Call for help" sign, raising the car hood, or hanging a brightly colored cloth on the antenna.


* To keep warm, turn on the car's engine for about 10 minutes each hour.


* Use the heater and car lights only when the car's running to avoid running down the battery.


* Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.


* Open a window slightly for fresh air.


* Do light exercises to stay warm.


* If you're alone, stay awake as much as possible; if you're with someone, take turns sleeping and huddle together for warmth.


* Conserve body heat by wrapping your body and head with extra clothes, blankets, newspapers, maps, or car mats.


* Don't eat snow. (It lowers your body temperature.)





Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Preparedness and Response,