Staying safe during winter weather

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Winter is approaching quickly and cold temperatures mixed with snow can be a dangerous combination.

When you are driving in winter conditions, AAA wants you to remember to accelerate and decelerate slowly for the best traction. Also, it's important to increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. On a normal day, a good distance is 3 to 4 seconds behind the car in front of you. On a slick day, increase that distance to 8 to 10 seconds to be safe. It's also safe to avoid using cruise control.

Homes are at risk in winter conditions as well. The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities says homeowners should dewater sprinklers to avoid freezing. Draining and storing garden hoses is also a good idea to avoid cracks or holes in the hose. Exterior pipes are at risk of freezing too, so any faucets fed by exterior pipes should be left dripping cold water.

The most important thing is to keep yourself safe in the cold. The Center for Disease Control says if you're going outside be sure to layer up. The inner layer should hold in body heat, wools are good at holding body temperatures. The insulation layer should be made of natural fabrics like wool or fleece and the outer layer should be both wind and water resistant. It's also good to stay dry to avoid hypothermia. Shivering is the first sign the body is losing heat, so don't ignore it.

One common piece of advice during winter conditions is to just stay home. If you don't have to leave your home, don't to stay safe and warm.