Winter Weather Guide: 10 Articles To Read During a Cold Snap

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Middle Tennessee is in the middle of a cold snap. We’ve already seen several snow days this winter and more are sure to be on the horizon. As we settle into winter, here are some things to remember when temperatures are low and inclement weather comes our way.

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1Have an Emergency Kit Ready

One of the best ways to be prepared is to have an emergency kit. You can have emergency kits at home, work, and your car. Read more. 

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2Check on Your Elderly Relatives and Neighbors

When the weather gets cold, the elderly may develop a reduction in body temperature more easily.  An excessive drop in body temperature can lead to hypothermia. Read more.

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3Keep Your Pets Safe

As temperatures continue to drop, it is important to remember that pets can have a hard time in cold weather, just like humans, but there are a few things you can do to keep your pets warm during the winter months. Read more. 

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4Tips for Driving in the Snow

 

Driving in winter weather can be stressful. Winter storms, bad weather, and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. Read more. 

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5Fire Safety and Insurance Tips During Winter Weather

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) and the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) are sharing heating safety and insurance claim information to help consumers avoid home fires and know what to do in case of home or automobile damage as a result of a winter storm system. Read more. 

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6Tips on Safe Sledding

Sledding is a favorite outdoor winter activity but we’ve given you some tips to be safe. Read more.

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7What is Black Ice?

If you have to get out during inclement weather, ice is one of the biggest hazards, especially “black ice” (which, of course, isn’t black at all). Read more. 

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8Understanding Winter Weather Terminology

In weather reports, you may have heard the terms “Winter Storm Watch” or “Winter Weather Advisory” but maybe you aren’t exactly sure what that means.  Read more. 

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9How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Temperatures below freezing can cause pipes in your home to leak due to expanded, frozen water within, learn how to avoid frozen pipes. Read more. 

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10What to Do if You Have a Power Outage

If you experience a power outage during a winter weather event, we have what you need to do in that situation. Read more. 

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