Keeping Family & Pets Safe During St. Louis Winter Storm This Weekend

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RRSA St. Louis cares deeply about our customers and our neighbors in the St. Louis area. With this weekend’s winter storm warning, it is imperative that you take steps to make sure your family and your pets stay safe.

When we began this blog post today it was our intention to talk strictly about keeping our families safe this weekend during this winter storm, but a Twitter alert with a press release from PETA prompted us to include pets in our advice on staying safe. After all, what would our mascot, Shadow, think if we didn’t include pets in our safety advice?

Below is a section of that press release from PETA:

Urgent Message From PETA: Winter Storm Survival Tips for Animals in Missouri

As a winter storm watch is affecting your area, animals, who can suffer from deadly frostbite and exposure, become dehydrated when water sources ice over, and die, are at risk. Last winter, there were at least 50 cold weather-related animal deaths—and these are just the ones that have been reported. Most are not.

Keep animals indoors. Freezing temperatures spell extra hardship for “backyard dogs,” who often go without adequate food, water, shelter, or veterinary care. If you see animals left outside without shelter from the elements and are unable to help, note their location and alert authorities immediately. (For information regarding what constitutes adequate shelter, click here.)

For those of you who are two-legged family members, below is advice from a Google public alert and how to stay safe during our weekend winter storm in the St. Louis area:

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning means that heavy snowfall of 6 inches or
more is expected. The rapid accumulation of snow will make travel
extremely difficult, if not impossible. If travel is necessary,
make sure to exercise extreme caution. Begin your travel with a
full tank of gas, and carry a winter storm kit which includes a
shovel, flashlight, cellphone, food and water, and blankets of
extra warm clothing.

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
  • Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads. Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
  • Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
  • If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
  • If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately.
  • You may have frostbite.
  • When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.
  • Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
  • Stay dry. Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

The team at RRSA St. Louis and our own family hope these tips will help keep your family and pets safe this weekend during our winter storm. However, don’t forget that we are still making appointments for free home and roof inspections in Greater St. Louis so don’t hesitate to call and set up your appointment this weekend. That’s something you can do while you hibernate during this winter storm with your pet safe beside you!

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