S.A. Fire Department's Winter Weather Tips

Submitted by Kris_Serold on February 6, 2014 - 5:26pm

The temperature remains at or near the freezing level in the San Antonio area and another round of precipitation is expected overnight and into the early morning hours. As the temperature continues to drop, the San Antonio Fire Department would like you to keep the following safety tips in mind:

Protect the “4 Ps” – People, Pets, Plants & Pipes

People - People should stay indoors or be dressed in multiple layers when outdoors.

Pets – Pets should be brought indoors or placed in a warm, protected area outside.

Plants – Plants should be brought indoors or covered appropriately.

Pipes – Pipes should be wrapped or protected to prevent bursting.


Winter weather driving tips include:

-If possible, avoid unnecessary travel.

-Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.

-Maintain at least three times the normal following distance.

-Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.

-If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction then straighten your vehicle.

-Clear all ice/snow from your vehicle as it may dislodge and fly onto other vehicles causing either injury or damage.

-Not all vehicles have the ice/snow removed, such as larger vehicles, like transport trucks, where there might be ice or snow on the roof of their trailers so use caution when driving near these vehicles.


-Give yourself more time to get to your destination


Have a professional chimney sweep inspect your chimney and fireplace annually for cracks, blockages and leaks. Have it cleaned and repaired as needed.

Burn only seasoned hardwood in your fireplace. Trash, cardboard boxes and related items burn unevenly and may contain toxins.

Be sure the flue (vent) is opened prior to lighting your fireplace.

Do not use your stove to heat your home.

Place space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn-including furniture or curtains.

Follow manufacturer’s instructions when lighting a space heater, pilot light or fireplace.  Do not wear loose fitting clothing while performing this task.

Supervise children and pets at all times when space heaters or fireplaces are in use.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least twice a year! They are your early warning device for a fire in your home.

Test smoke alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the sound it makes.

Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors according to the manufacturer’s instructions.