Seasonal businesses are unique in the fact that they are both easier and harder to run, depending on what angle you are looking at it. They are most common in areas that rely heavily on tourism – areas that have peak periods during the year during which more people visit and spend money.
If you have a seasonal business, then you probably already spend a good portion of the year contemplating what your best options are during the off-season. Are there ways to make some money on the side with your business even when it’s not peak season? Should you maybe focus on another job entirely during the off-season or focus on preparations for the coming peak periods?
If you still haven’t figured out what the best route is to take during the seasonal downtime, here are some options to consider.
Prepare for High Season
What you do during the offseason depends a lot on how well your business performs in season. Do you make enough money during your peak season that you don’t have to worry about additional sources of income during the rest of the year? Can your seasonal business sustain you for a full calendar year financially?
If so, then you have the luxury of being able to focus yourself full-time on your part-time gig, which is a pretty awesome spot to be in. If that’s the case, you should be performing research during the offseason and carrying out maintenance that is going to enable your seasonal business to continue to thrive and grow once peak periods hit again.
Your goal should be to use this quiet period to make sure that your business is going to be running on all cylinders during the peak period. Use the time to spruce up your establishment. Get a fresh coat of paint on the walls, make some adjustments to the interior design, brainstorm ideas for possible innovations that you can potentially add to your offer in the coming high season.
You can also take the time to analyze what your competitors are doing and how your market is changing. Keeping in contact with your seasonal staff is also a good idea; that is, if you have the luxury of having seasonal employees that return to you every year. If that is the case and you have some room in your budget for it, offer training sessions and even organize team building activities to keep the team positive and ready to perform at a high level in the coming peak season.
Whatever you do, the goal is to make sure that your seasonal business is going to be better in every way this year than it was at the end of your last peak period.
Adapt Your Offer
If you want to find a way to keep your business open even during the slow season, start thinking about a way to adapt your business. Be careful though. It’s important to maintain your original identity so that you aren’t confusing people. If you’re a restaurant during the summer and a retail store in the winter, that’s probably not going to work.
But if you’re selling ice cream during the summer, try selling something similar during the winter without leaving your niche. For example, you can sell some different types of sweets during the winter. People will then identify your business as a place where they can satisfy their sweet tooth at any time of the year.
Certainly, there isn’t one solution that you can implement on every type of business. You’re going to have to do some research and some trial and error is definitely going to be involved. What is important, however, is that you try to stay within your original niche as much as possible. The worst thing you can do is confuse your customers.
And if your new offer works well during the offseason, you can then try to find a way to expand your peak season offer in a way that is going to be able to incorporate and merge both offers seamlessly. It’s hard work, no doubt, but definitely worth it if successfully implemented.
Work Reduced Hours
As mentioned previously, many businesses do not have the option to close down completely during the offseason. Working reduced hours is a good compromise. And if you are able to combine this with the above mentioned strategy of adapting your offer, that’s even better.
To use the same example as above, you can add other sweets to the offer of your ice cream parlor during the winter. But if your location is a tourist hotspot that is only busy during the summer, the fact of the matter is that there is not going to be an equal amount of customers entering your establishment no matter what you’re selling. A good compromise in this case would be to both diversify your offer and work reduced hours.
That way, you are still seeing some revenue and you are decreasing the costs of running your operation to coincide with the reduced number of customers available to you during the offseason.
The best way to decide on your reduced work hours is to take a look at other local businesses and see when their peak hours are during the offseason. You’re better doing that than experimenting all season long in an effort to find an optimal set of work hours. Once again, it’s important to avoid confusing people. Pick optimal reduced work hours based on your initial observations and stick to them. It’s all about being reliable.
Focus on Marketing Strategies
This option ties in with the first one about preparing for the coming high season. But really, you can focus on marketing strategies even if you haven’t closed down for the offseason. Even if you’re working during the offseason, you still have more time to focus on developing your business plan and improving your offer and the way you do business.
Brainstorm new strategies and start working on ways to get more people into your door once the peak season arrives. Start getting the word out about your business before the peak season. Try to get a step ahead of your competition while you have the time to think about these types of things.
As anyone with a seasonal business knows, the peak season is always hectic and doesn’t give you enough time to plot new promotions and ways to advance your business. Take this valuable offseason free time to take care of these marketing strategies while you can.
The great thing about all of these suggestions is that they can be mixed and matched according to the profile of your business and what best suits your needs. There are many different factors that go into achieving success for a seasonal business and all of them depend on your niche.
If there’s one thing you should learn from this article is that your offseason should not be wasted. Sure, everyone needs time to relax and take a break from their business. This is especially true for seasonal businesses. They are like running sprints – the race is not as long, but it’s much more intense than running a long, slower race.
Take some time off to reflect on a successful season, but remember to work on improving your business in the offseason so that this success can continue.
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With some proactive preparation, you can continue to enjoy the RVing lifestyle even in the cold and snow.
By Gary Bunzer
Take, for instance, a properly filled 100-pound propane container. At 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the propane will vaporize at a rate of 120 cubic feet per hour (a lot!). This equates to about 300,000 Btu per hour. But at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, the vaporization rate is reduced to only 113,740 Btu per hour for the same amount of propane in the tank. If that 100-pound container was only 10 percent full and the temperature was 0 degrees Fahrenheit, the rate of vaporization is further reduced and will be able to deliver only 25,750 Btu hours, approximately. So, the colder the temperature and the emptier the tank is, fewer Btu hours will be available.
The size and design of the propane container also can contribute to its ability to vaporize the liquid propane. A longer tank with a smaller diameter is actually better at accommodating the rate of vaporization in colder climates than a fat, shorter tank. This is due to the greater number of square inches of tank surface in contact with the propane as compared with a same-sized tank that is shorter but larger in diameter.
Take the time to “do the math” regarding the four propane-burning appliances in the RV to determine the actual Btu demand. Charts are available that enable you to estimate, based on your demand, how many Btus per hour will be delivered to the appliances at varying temperatures. You may have to become judicious in your use of the appliances in extremely cold weather.
The one appliance that you definitely will need during cold-weather travel is the furnace, and you will need it to be operating most of the time. So, be cognizant of the amount of propane left in the container. Compute your Btu demand and know how much fuel the furnace consumes each day.
Great expanses of wintry vistas await the less intimidated and more adventurous among us. Who knows? A winter RVing vacation or two may get you closer to becoming another satisfied full-time RVer. Enjoy and remember, RVing is more than a hobby; it’s a lifestyle!
It’s not always easy, but it can be done with some simple adjustments.
Does this sound like you? During the summer, you’re a workout fiend, perhaps swimming, running, hiking under the warm sun, keeping that body healthy and in ship — or beach — shape. Or maybe you’re a little less vigilant, but you still like to hit the gym every other day.
Then, it happens: daylight-saving time ends, and you find it hard to get out of bed and by nightfall, you’re more interested in curling up with a book than running.
The winter months can be brutal for some people’s fitness routines, says Bradley Cardinal, PhD, an exercise physiologist at Oregon State University. He once prepared a case study of a man in his mid 30s who lives in the northern U.S. Each year, the man was active from July through November, but then found his activity level would drop off for the rest of the year. While Cardinal cautions against reading too much from the study of one person, he believes that most people’s activity levels fluctuate, largely because of environmental factors. “It’s a lot easier to get out and exercise when the weather is warm,” he says.
Working Through Colder Weather
If you’re an outdoor exerciser who has slacked off in the past when the temperature dropped, you may not have been giving yourself enough time to acclimate. “When people who live in Washington, D.C., go on vacation to Florida in the winter, it’s harder for them to exercise because they’re not used to the heat,” says Richard Cotton, PhD, an exercise physiologist and spokesman for the American Council on Exercise. “And the reverse is true, too. It takes time to get used to different temperatures, no matter if you’re going from hot to cold or vice versa.”
To acclimate, of course, you’ll have to keep working out through the cold — a bit of a Catch-22. It will be easier to make yourself go outside, though, says Cotton, if you warm up inside first. “Take five to 10 minutes and do some low level aerobic exercise like jogging in place or doing jumping jacks,” he advises. “That way, when you step outside, you’ll already be warm.” Dressing properly can also help. Wear layers so that you can peel them off as your body temperature increases.
Think of Gym Alternatives
Some people are dedicated gym-goers, and they shouldn’t be affected much by the weather. However, the lingering darkness in the morning and the early evenings can sap even the hardiest gym-lover’s motivation to hit the health club.
If that’s your problem, you may need a contingency plan. Cardinal himself has exercise equipment at home — a stair climber, stationary bike, and exercise videos that he rotates through — to use when it’s hard to get outdoors or to the gym. If you do exercise at home, though, do whatever you can to make it entertaining, says Cotton. You might, for instance, place a TV in front of a home treadmill so you don’t get too bored.
This is the time, too, to call on your friends. Even if you usually exercise alone, you may need someone to help keep you motivated. Many studies have shown that social support helps keep people active, says James F. Sallis, PhD, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University who studies exercise motivation. Reconfiguring your schedule is another possible solution. If cold and darkness discourages you from morning exercise, try to take a brisk walk or an exercise class during your lunch hour.
And if You Backslide .
Sometimes there is no getting around the environmental barriers that hinder exercise, and you may have to settle for less. “If you’re going to slip, try to at least do aerobic exercise three times a week,” says Cotton. “If you think about exercising on one of the weekdays, say, Wednesday, then on both days over the weekend, that’s really not too hard.”
And studies show that decreasing the number of days you exercise doesn’t hurt if you maintain the same intensity and time. For instance, in the early 1980s, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago had 12 exercisers run and cycle for 40 minutes a day, six days a week, at a moderately high intensity. After 10 weeks, their regimens were reduced to either two or four days, though they maintained the same pace and total duration. When tested 15 weeks later, all of the exercisers maintained the same aerobic capacity as when they were exercising six days.
If you weight train, you may be able to cut back with little repercussion, too. In a study published in the December 1992 issue of Spine, researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville showed that people who had been lifting weights one to three times a week and cut back to once every two or even four weeks (without changing the amount of exercise per session), showed no significant decrease in strength for at least 12 weeks.
So, backsliding doesn’t have to spell the end of hard-earned exercise accomplishments. And remember to call on a friend, perhaps make a promise to each other to at least work out together twice a week. Making a commitment that affects another person’s health as well as your own may make you more likely to get off the couch, and get with the program.
Posted by Mark McCourt on 15th Jan 2018
Everyone enjoys saving money, but it can be difficult when it comes to winter heating. Heating costs are a large part of the expenses for a homeowner to combat our freezing winters in North America. So what can you do?
There are many ways to keep toasty warm while keeping your heating bill at a reasonable level. Here are nine tips for staying warm while saving some cash
- Efficient Heating: The most efficient form of heating is low wattage convection heating. This is the reason the Envi heater was invented. To take the place of or to supplement the high energy furnace that almost all North American homes use. The furnace, while outputting copious amounts of heat is not designed to be efficient. What we mean by this is that one furnace is used to heat an entire home or place of business. Every room, every nook and cranny is heated. But often we do not need all this space warmed, just the areas that we use. Central furnace heating is especially inefficient when we try to warm a cold room at the end of the ducting run by raising the thermostat. The best way to combat this problem is to use an efficient room heater in these areas that needs to be warmed. This can keep you toasty while the rest of the house is not using up excess heat, and by extension, money. Envi wall mounted heaters are an excellent solution and were designed specifically to solve the problems mentioned above.
- Lower Thermostat at Night: Many people leave the thermostat up while sleeping, but this is not needed. If you only turn down the heat by ten degrees or so, you can save up to 10% on your annual heating bills (U.S. Department of Energy). And when you turn down your central thermostat, make sure you install efficient room heaters such as the Envi wall mounted heater to supplement the room where you are sleeping or working.
- The Sun : It is an excellent source of temperature control no matter what season it is. Make sure to open up any curtains in windows facing the south during the day to take advantage of this free heat. However, don’t forget to close those same curtains after the sun sets to ensure that heat stays within your home.
- Furnace Maintenance: Nobody likes to change the furnace filters and many people put off doing so. Don’t be one of the people who does this. Yes, it will cost you money to buy a new filter, but your heating system will work better. You will also end up saving money in the long run without all that dust and debris clogging up the works of your furnace. Many of our customers have reported that once they start to “spot heat” their house using heat where and when they need it, their furnace does not come any where near as often as before.
- Ceiling Fans: Many people do not know this secret, but fans can help with heating in the winter. In the summer, running a ceiling fan in a counter-clockwise direction helps push hot air up. However, in winter, running it clockwise can help keep heat in the room. Make sure that you turn any ceiling fans on a low setting to help push the air down toward you.
- Don’t Dry Out the Air: Did you know that moist air holds heat better? It is true. In winter you may find that the air begins to feel very dry. One way to take advantage of this is by running a humidifier in rooms where the furnace is running. You will feel much more comfortable, even if your thermostat is set at a lower temperature than usual. Another option is to use houseplants to increase the humidity of your dwelling. Another way and something a lot of our customers don’t realize is that by using their Envi wall mounted heaters the air in their home will not dry out as much compared to traditional furnaces or other space heaters. The reason is due to the low wattage and much lower heating element surface temperatures. It is the very hot surfaces of the central furnace coils and space heater elements that dry out the air. The same is true for wood burning stoves and fireplaces that have very high temperatures. Consider using the Envi heater to not only retain moisture but also to help with your families health. By not drying out the air during the winter, the Envi winter helps respiratory problems, dry skin and “dry eye syndrome”.
Using these tips, or even just a few of them, will give you some relief when it’s time to pay your heating bills plus you and your family members will feel much more comfortable in your home and not be fighting over the thermostat – a win-win for everyone. Stay warm this winter!
By this point, as we enter the middle of May, most drivers who use soft-compound winter tires have likely switched them out for a set of all-season rubber, or even some higher-performance summer-only tires.
However, what happens if you keep those winter tires on your car and run them in warm temperatures?
Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here with the answer, backed by hard data as always. Long story short: it’s not a good idea.
Winter tires are made of a much softer compound and are designed with multiple sipings (or thin slits) in the tread blocks. This all gives tire better traction in all sorts of variable winter conditions and provides grip in cold temperatures.
When faced with dry, warm pavement, it’s a different story. After three brake tests, Jason’s set of Bridgestone Blizzaks showed considerable wear and loss of grip, fading from a 0-60 mph stopping distance of 127.72 feet in the first test to 134.9 feet in the third.
Then Jason did the exact same test with a set of Yokohoma Geolander G95 all-season tires. Stopping distances remained consistent at 123.72 feet in the first test and 126.76 feet in the third. The tests were performed with identical variables, including new tires and a 63-degree Fahrenheit temperature.
So, why won’t the softer compound hold grip in warm weather? Jason says it’s because the soft compound is literally tearing away from the tire and being destroyed as the brakes are applied. Thus, they lose their shape and don’t slow the vehicle down appropriately.
The all-season tires are firmer and hold their shape better. The movement in the winter tires’ tread blocks also make for more movement in the tire and don’t provide better grip.
There you have it. With this new knowledge, make sure to install all-season tires before your set of winter rubber takes a beating this spring and summer. (And don’t skimp out on high-quality tires in general.)
December 6, 2017
- gutter cleaning
- gutter protection
- ice damming
- weather damage
With winter fast approaching, and the thought of icicles on the mind, many homeowners are just beginning to think about their gutters. The biggest question the gutter experts here at LeafFilter are regularly asked is, “How do I keep gutters flowing through the winter?” This is an important question, as proper water diversion can prevent several devastating home disasters, such as foundation and roof damage, mold and mildew growth, pest infestation, and more.
Clogged gutters, ice dams, and damaged gutters, among other issues, can all impact your gutter system’s ability to properly divert water. Here are just a few of the ways you can keep gutters flowing through the winter:
1. Clean the gutters
Clogged gutters are the number one culprit of ice dams and improper water diversion. In the winter, when gutters are already clogged, any amount of snow can cause big problems. One freeze and thaw cycle can lead to extremely heavy ice dams in the gutter system. This impacts water diversion in many ways. First, the sheer weight of ice dams in gutters can cause them to detach from the home, warp, or otherwise become damaged. These situations all impact the flow of water through the gutters, and cause a snowball effect of home damages.
Another way ice dams impact the flow of water is in the amount of space they take up in the gutter system. With layers of debris and ice packed into the trough, limited space remains for water to run through the system. Downspouts may also become blocked, causing any water that can actually enter the gutter to back up and overflow.
This winter, remember, clogged gutters lead to ice dams, which spell major trouble for you as the homeowner. Be proactive by having the gutters cleaned before the first good freeze of the winter. This will ensure that your gutters will be able to handle any sort of precipitation.
2. Realign the gutter system
A misaligned gutter system can also spell trouble in the realm of water diversion. Gutters with a steep slope can cause a mini avalanche of snow from the gutters, whereas gutters with no slope at all won’t be able to divert any precipitation. Improper diversion can cause water to pool at the base of your home, impacting your foundation, landscaping, concrete driveway, and more.
If you notice your gutters seem to be misaligned, be warned. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to realigning gutters. Specific calculations must be made to determine how your gutters should slope base off of your individual home’s roof pitch, number of downspouts, and more. A professional gutter repair company can ensure your gutters are properly aligned without any uncertainty.
3. Install LeafFilter Gutter Protection
You’ll reap multiple benefits by having LeafFilter Gutter Protection installed on your gutter system. Perhaps the top benefit of installing LeafFilter is the complete elimination of clogged gutters. You’ll never have to worry about clogged gutters leading to ice dams again.
Another benefit of installing LeafFilter is the complimentary services that come with installation. LeafFilter gutter professionals will clean, seal, and realign your gutters as a courtesy to ensure your entire system is performing to the best of its ability prior to the product installation.
And finally, LeafFilter is backed by a lifetime, transferable warranty. That means that this winter, and every season to come, you won’t have to worry whether your gutters will flow properly.
Before winter hits full force, call the pros at LeafFilter to get your gutter system in tip top shape. By performing a few preventative tasks, you’ll ensure that water will flow freely through the system this winter and beyond. Fill out the form on our website to get your free, no obligation quote today.
Some athletes embrace winter’s chill as a welcome change from exercising in summer’s heat. But others complain about hating cold weather.
If that’s your stance, remember that exercising with proper nutrition (and layers of dry clothing) offers the opportunity to chase away the chills.
After all, an aerobic workout can increase your metabolism by seven to 10 times above the resting level.
This means that if you were to exercise hard for an hour and dissipate no heat, you could raise your body temperature from 98.6 to 140 degrees F. (You’d cook yourself in the process!)
In the summer, your body sweats heavily to dissipate this heat. But in the winter, the warmth helps you survive in a cold environment. Runners can enjoy a tropical environment in their running suit within minutes of starting exercise.
Because food provides the fuel needed to generate this heat, the right sports diet is particularly important for skiers, skaters, runners and other athletes who are exposed to extreme cold.
This article addresses some common questions and concerns about winter and nutrition and offers tips to help you enjoy the season.
For safety’s sake, winter athletes should always carry with them some source of fuel in case of an unexpected slip on the ice or other incident that leaves them static in a frigid environment.
Winter campers, for example, commonly keep a supply of dried fruit, chocolate or cookies near by for fuel if they wake up cold in the middle of the night. You want to have an emergency energy bar tucked in your pocket, just in case.
Why Am I Hungrier in the Winter?
A drop in body temperature stimulates the appetite and you experience hunger. Hence, if you become chilled during winter exercise (or when swimming at any time of ye ar, for that matter), you’ll likely find yourself searching for food.
Eating “stokes the furnace,” generates heat, and helps warm your body.
Food’s overall warming effect is known as thermogenesis (that is, “heat making”). Thirty to 60 minutes after you eat, your body generates about 10 percent more heat than when you have an empty stomach.
This increased metabolism stems primarily from energy released during digestion. Hence, eating not only provides fuel but also increases heat production (warmth).
Do I Burn More Calories When I’m Cold?
Cold weather itself does not increase calorie needs. You don’t burn extra calories unless your body temperature drops and you start to shiver. (And remember: The weather can actually be tropical inside your exercise outfit.)
Your body does use a considerable amount of energy to warm and humidify the air you breathe when you exercise in the cold.
For example, if you were to burn 600 calories while cross-country skiing for an hour in 0-degree F weather, you may use about 23 percent of those calories to warm the inspired air.
In summer, you would have dissipated this heat via sweat. In winter, you sweat less.
If you are wearing a lot of winter gear, you will burn a few more calories to carry the extra weight of layers of clothes, or skis, boots, heavy parka, snow shoes, etc. The Army allows 10 percent more calories for the heavily clad troops who exercise in the cold.
But the weight of extra clothing on, let’s say, winter runners, is generally minimal.
Why Do I Shiver When I’m Cold?
Shivering is involuntary muscle tensing that generates heat and offers a warming effect. When you first become slightly chilled (such as when watching a football game outdoors), you’ll find yourself doing an isometric type of muscle tensing that can increase your metabolic rate two to four times.
Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and vehicles. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us may not be ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you are more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
Prepare Your Home
Staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.
- Winterize your home.
- Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
- Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
- Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
- Check your heating systems.
- Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.
- Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
- Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
- If you do not have a working smoke detector, install one. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning emergencies.
- Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check or change the battery when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
- Learn the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
Get your vehicle ready for cold weather use before winter arrives.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Get your vehicle ready for cold weather use before winter arrives.
- Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level.
- Check your tires’ tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
- Keep the gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
- Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. The kit should include:
- Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries;
- Items to stay warm, such as extra hats, coats, mittens, blankets, or sleeping bags;
- Food and water;
- Booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction);
- Compass and maps;
- Flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries;
- First-aid kit; and
- Plastic bags (for sanitation).
Prepare for Emergencies
Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages.
- Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers.
- Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged.
- When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
- Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including:
- Battery-operated devices, such as a flashlight, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and lamps;
- Extra batteries;
- First-aid kit and extra medicine;
- Baby items; and
- Cat litter or sand for icy walkways.
- Protect your family from carbon monoxide (CO).
- Keep grills, camp stoves, and generators out of the house, basement and garage.
- Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house.
- Leave your home immediately if the CO detector sounds, and call 911.
Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; windproof coat, mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
Take Precautions Outdoors
Outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards, but you can take these steps to prepare for them:
- Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
- Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
- Learn safety precautions to follow when outdoors.
- Work slowly when doing outside chores.
- Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
- Carry a cell phone.
Do This When You Plan to Travel
When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
- Avoid traveling when the National Weather Service has issued advisories.
- If you must travel, inform a friend or relative of your proposed route and expected time of arrival.
- Follow these safety rules if you become stranded in your vehicle.
- Make your vehicle visible to rescuers. Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna, raise the hood (if it is not snowing), and turn on the inside overhead lights (when your engine is running).
- Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area. Stay with your vehicle unless safety is no more than 100 yards away.
- Keep your body warm. Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers. Huddle with other people if you can.
- Stay awake and stay moving. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems. As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve circulation and stay warmer.
- Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe—this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Be ready to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill.
If you have pets, bring them inside. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate, warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink.
No one can stop the onset of winter. However, if you follow these suggestions, you will be ready for it when it comes.
Be sure to visit CDC’s Winter Weather webpage for more winter weather safety tips.