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The High-Tech Way to Stay Safe This Winter

By: Kristen Guilfoos Email
By: Kristen Guilfoos Email

We all know to keep extra blankets, snacks and water in our cars this time of year in case we get stranded. But in this morning's Tech Tuesday, we're taking a look at some things you're probably not doing to stay safe, because you just don't know about them.

There are a number of things to think about as we hit the low temperature point of Winter.

Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum. If there is severe weather, chances are many people will be attempting to place calls to loved ones, friends and business associates. Texting is a better way to keep in touch in an emergency.

Program all of your emergency contact numbers and email addresses into your mobile phone. Numbers should include the police department, fire station and hospital, as well as your family members.
Keep your phone fully charged. Cold temperatures can run down the phone's battery charge more quickly. Use a car charger to keep the phone's charge if you get stranded or stuck in traffic on icy or snowy roads. Think about an extra battery as backup.

Handle your phone with care. The display screen can become brittle when exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time.
Keep your phone in a warm place; avoid leaving it in an outside pocket or backpack or in the car overnight. When outside in the cold weather, carry your phone in an inside jacket pocket, keeping it close to your body for warmth.

Remember that you can't dial or access the keyboard on a touchscreen with most gloves, so consider investing in a pair of finger flip gloves or something like the Grandoe Women's Nora Wool Blend/Leather Touchscreen Gloves have a wool blend back of hand with TouchTec leather palm and palm thumb. These gloves are touch screen compatible so you can keep on using your device without removing them. ($72)

Keep your wireless phone dry. The biggest threat to your device during a storm is water, so keep your equipment safe from the elements by storing it in a baggie or some other type of protective covering.

Take advantage of weather text-alert programs. AT&T participates in a number of text alert school closing notification programs. The company's customers should check their local news websites to see if weather related text alert programs are available in their area.


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