Is Your Family Ready for Winter? December 1, 2022 Winter is here: are you ready to keep yourself and your family safe throughout the frigid months ahead? Take our winter safety quiz to test your knowledge of common cold weather hazards and check the answers below! Winter Safety Quiz 1. True or False: Farm animals will be fine in the winter with the same amount of food they eat in the summer. a. True b. False 2. How many layers of clothing does the Occupational Health and Safety Administration recommend wearing while working in the cold? a. One b. Two c. Three d. No recommendation exists 3. Under which of the following conditions can someone develop hypothermia? a. When the weather is below freezing b. When the weather is above freezing c. When someone isn’t dressed for the weather d. All of the above 4. Ahead of freezing temperatures, homeowners should do which of these things? a. Leave the area for somewhere warmer b. Turn the heater all the way up c. Drain and cover outside faucets d. None of the above 5. Why is the first winter storm often considered to be the most dangerous for drivers? a. Motorists are out of practice or unprepared b. Emergency crews may be unprepared c. Cars are too warm for the roads d. Both A and B 6. True or False: Current OKFB members can access 24/7 Roadside Rescue in the event of a vehicle breakdown. a. True b. False 7. Which of the following could pose a hazard to homeowners during a winter storm? a. Cable going out during a big football game b. Unstable tree branches falling on a home or vehicle c. Snow or ice piling up in blocked gutters d. Both A and B e. Both B and C 8. What items should you have in your home emergency kit? a. Candles, flashlights and batteries b. Bottled water and no-cook food and snacks c. Blankets and warm clothing d. Emergency radio and charged power banks e. All of the above Answer Key The answer is: False! Many animals require more food and water in the winter than in the summer. With the low outdoor temperatures, it takes more energy and food to keep livestock’s body temperature safe and stable. The answer is: Three! If you’re going outdoors to work on your home, yard, or ranch during the colder months, OSHA recommends wearing at least three layers of clothing to insulate yourself from low temps. The answer is: All of the Above! While hypothermia is most commonly developed when a person is in sub-freezing temperatures, those aren’t the only times to be alert. Individuals can also develop hypothermia at cool temps above 40 degrees if the person is not able to retain heat or if they are chilled from rain, sweat or cold water. The answer is: Drain and cover outside faucets! Freezing temperatures can cause water to expand in your pipes, which could lead to a burst pipe in your home. Draining, covering and insulating any outdoor faucets and exposed pipes could help prevent these issues. The answer is: Both A and B! The first winter storms often catch both motorists and emergency crews off guard. Motorists may be out of practice or haven’t gotten ready for winter weather. This can lead to slick roads and more accidents during early winter storms. The answer is: True! Roadside Rescue is provided by OKFB Insurance to every active Member of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. If a current OKFB Member’s vehicle is stranded on the side of the road, simply call the rescue hotline at 833-957-OKFB (6532). The answer is: Both B and C! There are many potential hazards for homeowners to watch out for in the winter months. Before storms hit, check nearby trees and get any unstable branches trimmed away to avoid damage from falling branches. Clearing out gutters can also prevent ice or snow from piling up on your roof or pulling the gutters off your home. The answer is: All of the above! Winter months can bring snowstorms and ice storms that sometimes result in power outages and road closures, so keeping an emergency kit handy means you’ll be prepared if your family has to stay inside your home for an extended period. We’re Here to Help How did you do on our winter safety quiz? Whether you’re a long-time policyholder or just starting to look for insurance options, we have team members who can help. If you have questions or concerns that you want to discuss, connect with your local OKFB agent today. If you have any insurance-specific questions, we would love to help you find the coverage that best meets your home, auto, commercial and life insurance needs. Don’t forget to follow us on social media! This kind of information and more is just a click away. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.