Hazards: Winter Weather

Hazard: Winter Weather

St. Louis City winters, which often bring extreme cold, snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain, can pose serious hazards.

Winter weather kills hundreds of people in the U.S. each year, primarily due to traffic accidents, fires from improper use of heaters, overexertion, and exposure. Additionally, threats such as hypothermia and frostbite can lead to loss of fingers and toes or cause permanent injury to vital organs.

It's important to prepare for winter weather-related dangers. There are several steps you can take to stay safe before, during, and after winter storms.

Winterizing your home and vehicle and supplementing your emergency kit with warm outerwear are just some of the preparations you should consider making before winter sets in.

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