1. snowflakeCheck weather forecast and dress appropriate for outdoor activities.
  2. Keep extra water, gloves, hats and long sleeved extra layered clothing in your vehicle to avoid cold illness.
  3. Keep extra food, blanket and flashlight in your vehicle.
  4. Record emergency contacts on your cellphone under the ICE application. In the event of an accident where you cannot speak, emergency personnel will look for your cellphone and contact your designated emergency contacts.
  5. Stay hydrated throughout the day, especially when engaging in strenuous activities.
  6. Monitor children, older friends and family for cold illnesses when outdoors.
  7. Ensure your cell phone works in parks or outdoor settings. Carry first aid supplies in your vehicle and backpack.
  8. Have an emergency plan in case you need help while on highways, at the cottage, or in a park.
  9. When visiting smaller communities make a note of emergency numbers, local hospital emergency room locations, hours and phone contacts.
  10. Do not drive in storm conditions. Monitor conditions before starting out. Inform family and friends of your route when traveling and your expected time of arrival.
  11. Ensure you have the proper tires for the weather conditions, roadside assistance, flares and a small shovel in your trunk.
  12. When supervising children or engaged in activities around any bodies of water, including backyards swimming pools, designate someone to watch the kids at all times and do not ASSUME someone else is. Do not drive or walk on frozen bodies of water.
  13. UPDATE your first-aid and CPR skills annually.