Security and Safety Tips
Spring Weather Safety Guide
Spring weather in the Midwest and Great Lakes can be especially fast-changing and unsettled. Such conditions can lead to risks due to wind, hail, heavy rain, and even tornadoes. Taking simple precautions can help managers and supervisors prevent accidents and injuries.
Per the National Weather Service (NWS), severe thunderstorms are storms capable of producing hail that is an inch or larger or wind gusts over 58 mph. Hail this size can damage property such as plants, roofs, and vehicles. Wind this strong can break off large branches, knock over trees or cause structural damage to trees. Some severe thunderstorms can produce hail larger than softballs or winds over 100 mph, so please pay attention to the weather, so you know when severe storms are possible. Thunderstorms also produce tornadoes and dangerous lightning; heavy rain can cause flash flooding. In severe weather, security personnel are advised to head indoors, away from exterior doors and windows, and listen for weather alerts and updates.
Slips can happen when entering and exiting your vehicle, so be cautious. Use a three-point stance when getting in and out of your vehicle. Use a grab-bar or door frame for stability. Be aware that the vehicle itself can lose traction, causing uncontrolled skids.
- When roads are slick or wet, slow down, leave extra following distance between yourself and other cars, and do not make sudden vehicular movements.
- If you begin to skid, turn the wheel in the direction you want the vehicle to go. Ease your foot off the accelerator, and do not hit the brakes.
- Know the weather conditions and visibility you will encounter and plan ahead.
- Inspect your vehicle for proper equipment, including tires, lights, and windshield wipers.
- Keep lights, windows, and mirrors clean. This is especially important in low visibility situations such as heavy rain, darkness, or fog.
- If pulling over due to an emergency, increase your visibility to passing traffic. Activate the vehicle’s hazard warning lights, wear your safety vest, set up a warning triangle or flares, and assume that oncoming traffic does not see you.
Final Tip: Whether on foot or in a vehicle, high winds can produce debris or indicate worsening weather. Take shelter and take care during severe weather!
Stay aware of changing weather conditions. Consider signing up for weather alerts from:
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something.” For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).