Nov 5-9 Is Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week

All Minnesotans need to prepare for both the outdoor and indoor hazards of a cold, snowy, icy winter. Each fall, Winter Hazard Awareness Week reminds people to take simple steps that lead to an enjoyable and safe winter season.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, along with the National Weather Service and other state agencies, Winter Hazard Awareness Week includes a media campaign, online informational materials, and locally sponsored public presentations. The campaign focuses on specific topics for each day and can be used in conjunction with school, church, or other civic education or safety programs. The information is available throughout the season.

2012 Winter Hazard Awareness Week Topics

  • Monday, Nov 5: Winter Weather Overview (ice storms, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, winter weather watches and warnings, and wind-chill)
  • Tuesday, Nov 6: Outdoor Winter Safety (safety on ice, snowmobile safety, hypothermia, and frostbite)
  • Wednesday, Nov 7: Winter Fire Safety (winter and holiday fire safety, alternative heat sources, smoke detectors, cooking safety, candles, and decorations)
  • Thursday, Nov 8: Indoor Winter Safety (carbon monoxide, radon, mold, and general home care)
  • Friday, Nov 9: Winter Driving (auto safety, snowplows, road conditions, using 511, winter driving tips, car survival kits, and calling 911 on a cell phone)

2012 “What’s Your Winter?” Photo Contest

Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week also sponsors the annual “What’s your Winter?” photo contest for adults and youth. The contest, which runs from December 2012 through February 2013, invites members of the public to show us how they enjoy their safe Minnesota winter by sharing their best digital photos throughout the season.

Viewers can upload their photos and then vote for their favorites at the end of the contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top vote-getters in four categories in both adult and youth divisions. For contest details and rules, check on the HSEM Winter Weather Safety website. For more information, contact: Brian Curtice, 651-201-7426, or Julie Anderson, 651-201-7475,

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