Winter Season Safety

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Here are a few tips to help you.

1.  BE ROAD READY - Prepare a Winter Emergency Car Kit

Inclement weather can result in roadside emergencies.  A ready emergency kit for each primary vehicle, with a few additional supplies appropriate for winter weather, is highly recommended.  Any potential storm situation is a chance to check your home's emergency supplies too!

Winter Car Emergency Kit

2.  WINTERIZE YOUR HOME to protect plumbing during freezing weather


See tips for protecting pipes before, during, and after a winter cold spell.





3.  SIGN UP FOR WEATHER ALERTS to keep up to date with conditions

  • Alert King CountyALERT King County is a regional public information and notification service through King County Emergency Management.  Keep informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area.
  • Alert Northshore provides emergency alerts to residents, commuters, and business owners within Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Northshore Fire District and Northshore Utility District.
  • Get alerts from your local city for weather-related traffic impacts and road work.  City emergency management information can be accessed at the following links:   
  • Update emergency contact info so we can reach you quickly in the event of a water main break or other weather-related emergency.  CLICK HERE for NUD e-form.

4.  DRIVE SAFELY on ice and snow

Icy-roadPrevent accidents by using safe driving practices in winter conditions - including slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.

  • Check conditions and plan ahead when snow or ice is in the forecast. 
  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather. It takes only one unprepared or careless driver to slow or stop traffic.
  • Chain up when appropriate - see WSDOT's short how-to video.
  • Get your winter survival kit in order before leaving home - see #1 above for what to include.
    • Take it slow.  The faster you're going, the longer it will take to stop.  Accelerate and brake slowly to avoid slipping.  Give yourself plenty of room to stop - never slam the brakes.
    • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.  The larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.
  • Beware black ice.  Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas.
  • Give snowplows room to work.  Do not tailgate and try not to pass.  If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware the snow cloud.

5.  CLEAR OUT STORM DRAINS to prevent flooding during heavy winter rains


FIND MORE INFORMATION on winter storm preparation and safety at: