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Plan ahead for winter weather

Stock up on supplies

  • Seven days of:
    • Non-perishable foods (canned foods and dried goods)
    • Water (a gallon per person, per day)
    • Prescriptions and medical supplies
  • Warm clothes and blankets
  • Batteries for flashlights

Test your smoke/CO alarms

Now is a good time to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are working by testing and replacing batteries if necessary. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, inside each bedroom and in the hallway outside of sleeping areas. CO alarms should be on every level of the home and outside of the bedrooms. Learn about the Seattle Fire Department’s free smoke/co alarm program.

When the power goes out


  • Layer up with warm clothes and blankets
  • Use battery-operated candles
  • If using candles with flames, place them in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders. Extinguish every candle before leaving a room or going to sleep.


  • Don’t use your outdoor grill or gas stove/oven to heat your home. These emit carbon monoxide, a lethal odorless and colorless gas.
  • Avoid placing candles and other heat sources next to combustible materials like curtains, carpet or tablecloths.

Make space for ambulances, fire engines and trucks

Please do not park illegally because this impedes our ability to quickly respond to emergencies. Avoid double parking, blocking access to hydrants or parking too close to roundabouts and traffic circles.

Check the weather and road conditions

The following agencies will provide updates on their services as the weather gets colder: