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Safety First: Stranded in a Vehicle in Winter Weather

February 9, 2024

Use distress signals IF you feel it is safe to do so.

  • While we recommend staying in your vehicle, you can increase your visibility by hanging a brightly colored cloth on the vehicle’s radio antenna. This serves as a visual signal to potential rescuers.
  • Raise the hood of your vehicle to attract attention. This can be particularly effective in low-visibility conditions caused by snowfall.

Manage vehicle resources.

  • To conserve fuel, run the vehicle’s engine once every hour. Use this time to generate heat and keep warm.
  • Turn on the vehicle’s dome light while the engine is running. This not only provides additional visibility but also serves as a signal to others that you are in distress.

Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow to prevent carbon monoxide buildup inside the vehicle.
  • Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation, reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Be prepared for cold-related health issues.

  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia, such as numbness or confusion. Act promptly if symptoms arise.
  • Perform minor exercises to maintain blood circulation. Clap hands and move arms and legs occasionally, avoiding prolonged periods in one position.

Stay awake and alert.

  • Remaining awake is crucial to reducing vulnerability to cold-related health problems. Use blankets, newspapers, maps, or even removable car mats for added insulation.
  • Avoid overexertion, as cold weather already puts strain on the heart. Be cautious with physical activities, especially if you have underlying medical conditions.

Being prepared for winter weather emergencies is essential for solid waste management employees. By following these tips, waste management professionals can increase their chances of staying safe and secure during unexpected situations while on the job.

Remember, maintaining communication, using distress signals, and managing vehicle resources are key elements in surviving winter weather events. Stay vigilant, be prepared, and prioritize safety when faced with challenging conditions.

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