These practical reminders will help you navigate the upcoming winter terrain.
On average, Wisconsin experiences three to six winter storms in a season. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports about 18,000 vehicle crashes on snow and ice covered roadways each year.
To prepare, here is what you can do:
TIP 1: Check the weather at night for the next day. Give yourself plenty of commute time to your destination if inclement weather is forecasted.
TIP 2: Talk it out. Have discussions with family members on a plan of action for unexpected weather events events.
TIP 3: Create a car kit and keep it up to date. Keep essentials in the kit like a blanket, shovel, battery charger, flashlight, gloves, hat and kitty litter in case your vehicle gets stuck. Make sure all flashlights are in working order. Consider also having an overnight bag with essentials packed and in the trunk just in case.
TIP 4: Wear proper clothes and footwear. Ice and snow can increase your risk of falls. During the winter, wear boots with slip resistant soles to and from your destination. Jackets, gloves and hats are also essential.
TIP 5: Check in before you begin. If you must travel in poor driving conditions, check in with a family member or friend before venturing out. When you arrive at your destination, check in again.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are always looking ahead and preparing for the weather to come. Our Plant Operations team works hard to keep campuses safe and clear of snow. When weather conditions are severe, our colleagues take extra precautions like proper footwear and cautious walking practices to make sure they make it safely to the bedside of patients who need them.
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