Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Whether we like it or not, winter is coming. Even though the snow hasn't yet started to fly, it's time to start thinking about the snowy season.
In fact, this week, Nov. 8-12, is Winter Hazard Awareness Week. This is the time Minnesotans are reminded of the hazards that come with winter and are reminded of winter safety and individual preparedness wherever they are: in their homes, on the road, at work, or at play.
Most Minnesotans, through years of practice and experience, are knowledgeable about winter weather conditions. They know how to dress, drive, be active outdoors and generally get through the winter with their lives, homes and property intact. Nonetheless, deaths and injuries occur every winter because people fail to take precautions. Carelessness, overconfidence, ignorance and innocence leads to damage, injury or death from winter weather conditions.
That's why Stearns County's Emergency Management Department reminds residents about "Winter Hazard Awareness Week" each fall, to educate, inform, remind and reinforce the behaviors that lead to a warm, safe and enjoyable winter season.
The week-long educational campaign targets specific information each day:
¥ Monday, Nov. 8ÐWinter Weather Overview
¥ Tuesday, Nov. 9ÐOutdoor Winter Safety
¥ Wednesday, Nov. 10ÐWinter Fire Safety
¥ Thursday, Nov. 11ÐIndoor Air Issues
¥ Friday, Nov. 12ÐWinter Automobile Safety
For more information about Winter Hazard Awareness Week, go to www.winterweather.state.mn.us/.