Winter Safety Tips

View of Winter Traffic through a Windshield

Driving in the Elements

Did you know that if your vehicle begins to slide on a slippery road, you should steer into the direction of the skid? Learn more about how to modify your driving for winter conditions to stay safe and avoid accidents with these tips from the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Hypothermia & Frostbite

Exposure to cold causes hypothermia and frostbite even when winter weather is mild. Learn risk factors and how to protect yourself from these dangerous conditions.

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Generator Safety

A generator can be helpful during a power outage, but they can pose a safety risk if used improperly. Keep your home and family safe with these generator safety tips.

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Icy Conditions

Why does North Texas experience more ice than snow during the winter? This article answers that question and discusses the science behind the Texas Department of Transportation's method of ice prevention on the roads.

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Space Heater

Space Heater Tips

Space heaters may keep your toes toasty during those cold months, but they are also the second leading cause of house fires in the United States. Read these precautions before switching yours on this winter.

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Roadside Assistance

In need of roadside assistance? Contact the Texas Department of Public safety at 800-525-5555.

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Prevent Winter Fires

Staying warm can be a fire hazard, which is why home fires occur more in the winter than any other season. Follow these precautions to help put the freeze on winter fires.

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FireplaceFireplaces & Stoves

Keep your fireplace a safe and cozy addition to your home by opening the flue before lighting a fire and abiding by these additional fireplace safety tips.

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Protecting Your Pipes

Prevent pipes from freezing by insulating exposed pipes, allowing the faucet to drip slightly and leaving cabinet doors open. 

Learn how to prevent frozen pipes.

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How to Turn Off Your Water In an Emergency

In the event that your pipes freeze and burst, be sure that you know how to locate your water meter and turn off your water. 

Learn how to open your water meter and turn your water off.