Snowstorm? Stay off the road.
It is best to stay off the road during a snowstorm, but if you do become stranded in your car:
- Pull off the highway.
- Turn on hazard lights.
- Hang a distress flag from the window.
- Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm.
- Huddle with passengers and use your coat, seat covers, and floor mats as blankets.
When the engine is running:
- Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation.
- Periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe.
- This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
Once the storm has passed, follow instructions from your local transportation department and emergency
management agency to determine which route will be safest for you to get home. Drive with extra caution.
Did You Know?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas created any time fuel is burned in stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, and vehicles. It is odorless, tasteless, and colorless.
CO poisoning is highest during colder months because it can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it.
- Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on each level of your home.
- Test CO detectors each month.