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Winter Storms

In many parts of Texas, severe winter weather can threaten your safety and the safety of your property. Blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain, ice, and freezing temperatures occasionally cause major problems in parts of Texas. During the winter of 2001, severe winter ice storms crippled the north-eastern part of the state; 46 counties were declared a disaster area by the President of the United States.

Winter storms are known as deceptive killers because most serious injuries and death are indirectly related to the storm. Some causes of injury and death include hypothermia from prolonged exposure to the cold, carbon monoxide poisoning from defective heating units and/or poor ventilation, and automobile accidents.

Protect yourself and your family; prepare now for winter storms.


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