Seasonal Safety Tips

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Colorado winters are unlike any other.

We experience the extremes of snow and ice, while also enjoying many days of sunshine. The unpredictability and constant changes mean preparation is key. So, before you venture out, consider these seasonal safety tips from Castle Rock Police and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue.
  1. Give yourself extra time.

    It’s never a fun task to scrape ice and snow off your car, especially if you are in a hurry. Yet, those extra couple of minutes could make a big difference in your safety. Always keep a scraper in your car, and completely clear your windshield, windows, mirrors, and car body before you hit the road.
  2. Remember shoveling safety.

    When you shovel your driveway and walkway, be sure to take it slow. Shoveling requires a lot of exertion, so push the snow when you can, rather than lift it. When you do lift, use your legs and not your back. It is important to listen to your body: stop when you feel tired, and remember to stay hydrated.
  3. Pack a winter emergency kit.

    Expect the unexpected, and pack an emergency kit for your car. We recommend including: snacks, a flashlight, a blanket or sleeping bag, a small shovel, water in an insulated container, jumper cables, a first aid kit, and reflectors. No one ever regrets preparedness.
  4. Keep clear of icy ponds.

    Castle Rock has several different ponds, natural pools, and drainageways that freeze in winter. Be aware of these areas, and do not attempt to walk across them.
  5. Dress for the weather.

    It sounds silly, but remember to dress in layers. Always bring a coat, and bundle up your little ones when leaving the house.
  6. Bring pets inside.

    With colder temperatures, remember to bring your pets indoors. In only minutes, your pet can become affected by the extreme cold, despite their furry coat.
  7. Puffing is illegal.

    It may be cold outside, but be smart when warming up the car. Never leave a car running unattended. Not only could you get a ticket, but an empty, running car is an easy target for thieves.
  8. Avoid fire hazards.

    Home fires occur more in the winter than any other season. To avoid fire hazards, be sure to unplug and turn off appliances, and never leave candles burning unattended.
  9. Drive cautiously.

    When driving in the snow, make sure to increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. Drive at slower speeds, avoid sudden braking and give yourself extra time for travel.
  10. Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Be sure the garage door is open before you start the car or snowblower, to avoid a harmful buildup of carbon monoxide.