Cold Weather Safety Tips

As Mecklenburg County readies for the coldest temperatures of the season, here a some cold weather safety tips to keep you and your families safe! And as always: CALL 911 if you are having an emergency.


Stay safe (and dry) this winter with the following tips:

Check that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have batteries and are functional.


Make sure space heaters are in good working order and  have a 3-foot “circle of safety”.


Do not use unapproved means for heat.


Wear layers and keeps hands & feet warm and dry. 


Avoid overexertion.  


Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors who may need assistance to ensure they are adequately protected from the cold.


Get your car cold weather ready


Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.