Safety Tips for Winters in Texas

Don't let a rare Texan snowstorm catch you off guard.

Winters in Denton may be mild, but that doesn't mean you are safe from the risks of winter weather. If anything, the infrequency of snow and icy roads only makes our community less prepared for these events when they do occur. Winter safety is essential, and these tips could protect you and your family this year.

Pay attention to warnings to get off the road. If you hear a warning to stay home on the radio or news, listen up. This has nothing to do with your personal ability to drive in inclement weather – it has to do with the conditions of the road. Unlike many northern communities, Texas counties don't always have the resources to keep roads safe during winter storms. If you do have to drive, go slow, leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you, and be ready to stay calm and pump your breaks if you hit a patch of ice.

Dress appropriately when it's wet and cold. Not only should you cover up adequately, you should watch out for shoes that are easily soaked through or pants that drag near the ground. It is just as important to stay dry as it is to stay warm.

Practice winter fire safety. If you're lighting up your fireplace, plugging in a space heater, or just using some candles to create a cozy atmosphere, you may be creating the potential for a house fire. Make sure you keep all flammable objects away from these heat sources, and don't allow any of them to stay lit or on for extended periods of time.

If you find yourself in need of a doctor, we'll connect you with the right physician. Give our referral line a call at 1-855-477-DRMC (3762).

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