General Safety

Winter Safety Tips

By February 22, 2019 No Comments

Although we have gotten off lightly with regard to winter weather this year, it looks as if that is going to change. Heavy snow and high winds are predicted and with that comes power outages and other damage. Remember, regardless of the weather, we are here for you and your customers. If your agency should lose power, please direct your customers to report their claims directly to our claim reporting center.

We will be sending customers a brief email with winter weather safety tips. Feel free to share as appropriate.

Stay safe on the road this winter

  • While it may be too late to get your car tuned up – make sure you check your tire pressure. Tire pressure drops by about one pound for every 10 degree drop in temperature, and low tires make handling difficult and dangerous.
  • Don’t take a chance, keep your gas tank close to full at all times.
  • Check your windshield wipers and top off your windshield washer fluid, too.
  • Keep your vehicle completely clear of ice and snow, including your headlights. It’s safer for you and other drivers, and you’ll get better gas mileage.
  • Also remember that salt build-up on your headlights can substantially reduce your night-time visibility, so make sure that you clean your headlights regularly.
  • Slow down! Even if you stay in control of your car, not everyone else around you will. Leave plenty of distance between you and other cars.
  • And while we shouldn’t have to mention it at this point, we will. Don’t text or talk on the phone while you’re driving. Please.

Make sure your cell or smartphone is fully charged. Stay safe at home during a power outage.

Be careful of tree limbs and wires

  • Stay away from tree limbs and wires – you may not be able to see wires that are touching branches.
  • Call a tree or yard company to handle damaged trees and limbs – don’t try to do this yourself, especially if power lines are down.
  • Call your electric company immediately if there are downed wires in your neighborhood.

Power outages increase the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Make sure generators vent outside. Be careful when fueling. Plug in carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home.
  • If you use a wood stove or fireplace for heat, please monitor them closely.
  • Candles pose a major risk of fire. Don’t leave them unattended. Flashlights are a much safer source of light.
  • Please remember that gas grills are for outdoor use only.
  • Consider unplugging major electrical equipment to avoid damage by power surges.
  • Seek shelter if you need it. The American Red Cross and local media can provide a list of the shelters near you.

Find additional safety and preparedness material online at

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • American Red Cross
  • NOAA National Weather Service