Today’s post comes from my colleague Rod Rehm of Nebraska.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched a fantastic web page on how to stay safe if you have to work during or after a winter storm.
If the weather is poor, staying off the road is clearly the best thing to do. However, if you have to drive during a winter storm, here are some great tips OSHA offers on preparing your vehicle for dangerous weather.
Inspect your vehicle thoroughly.
- Brakes: Make sure they provide balanced and even breaking. Check that the brake fluid is at the proper level.
- Cooling System: Ensure the proper mixture of 50/50 antifreeze and water.
- Electrical: Check the ignition and makes sure the battery is fully charged and that the connectors are clean. Check that the alternator belt is in good condition.
- Engine: Inspect all engine systems.
- Exhaust: Check the exhaust for leaks and that the clamps and hangers are snug.
- Tires: Check for good tread depth and for signs of damage or uneven wear. Check inflation.
- Visibility: Inspect exterior lights, defrosters, and wipers. Install winter wipers. _ Check your oil levels.
Bring a winter emergency kit including:
- Blankets / sleeping bags
- Cell phone
- Windshield scraper
- Snow brush
- Flashlight with fresh batteries
- Extra winter clothes
- Tow chain
- Traction aids (sand or cat litter)
- Emergency flares
- Jumper cables
- Snacks and water
- Road maps
And keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle at all times!
OSHA’s page is a rich source of information and I highly recommend taking a look.
Rod Rehm is the founder of Rehm, Bennett & Moore, P.C., L.L.O., which serves clients in Nebraska and Iowa. Over the past 38 years, Rehm Bennett & Moore has served individuals throughout the Nebraska communities in the legal areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, employment law, FELA, and Social Security Disability. Rod Rehm has been practicing law for nearly 40 years and is Director for the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys as well as Nebraska’s first representative to the ABA College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.