MN Winter Weather Awareness Week: Outdoor Safety
November 4th through the 8th is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota. Each year the National Weather Service promotes winter safety, and today the focus is outdoor safety.
The winter months can pose many hazards to those who choose to venture outdoors. With many outdoor activities available in Minnesota and Wisconsin during the winter season, you should be aware of how to keep yourself safe from the cold, ice and snow
Basic Safety Tips
- Avoid overexertion, including when shoveling snow
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Keep yourself and your clothes dry
- Watch for frostbite, and seek medical attention immediately if symptoms are present
What to Wear
- Dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing
- Wear a hat. Most body heat is lost through the top of your head
- Wear mittens that are tight at the wrist
- Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf
- Remember that there is no such thing as "100% safe ice" on a frozen lake or pond
- Guidelines for minimum ice thickness: 4 inches for walking and ice fishing, 5 inches for snowmobiling, 8-12 inches for a car or small pickup, 12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.
- Keep children away from ice-covered ponds and streams
- For more information, see https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html
- Take a snowmobile course. Ask your snowmobile dealer to find a class near you
- Avoid drugs or alcohol, as many snowmobile deaths are related to them
- Obey the posted speed limit on snowmobile trails
- For more information, see https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/vehicle/snowmobile/index.html
The above recommendations are based on information courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.