How You and Your Family Can Stay Safe During the Storm
Stay off roads if at all possible. If you must be on the roads, be sure to have an emergency kit for your car that includes items for winter such as blankets, socks, ice scraper/brush, windshield cleaner, and jumper cables.
Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. ONLY use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
ALWAYS assume downed wires are live! NEVER touch them or drive over them!
NEVER drive through flooded areas. Water may be deeper than you think!
Avoid candles because of the extreme risk of fire. Use only battery powered lights, such as flashlights, for emergency lighting.
Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow and walking in the snow.
Pets are family too. If you’re cold, they’re cold. Bring them inside.
If it is safe to do so, check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold. Just a moment of your time can mean a lot to someone who may need help. NJ 2-1-1 has resources for those in need.
Visit ready.nj.gov to learn more about staying safe during the winter storm.