Winter is coming. Here's how to stay safe

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Winter is on the horizon, and now is the time to make sure your house and car are ready for the long haul. 

First, you should crank up the thermostat at home to make sure the furnace fires up.

"If you have a high-efficiency furnace with venting out the wall, like a PVC plastic venting, you want to make sure that there's no obstructions," said David Oliver, owner of Oliver Heating and Cooling. He explained if that vent is blocked, your house will fill with carbon monoxide.

If the heat doesn't turn on, Oliver said it's likely something small.

"Sometimes it's as simple as dirt in the components where they're not making a proper connection," said Oliver.

For your car, it's smart to pack an emergency bag and leave it in the trunk because while nobody ever plans to get stranded, you can be prepared for it.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Padfield gave advice for what to pack.

"Additional clothing and outerwear such as a hat and gloves," he said. "Bottled water and snacks. A collapsible snow shovel."

Padfield said to make sure to pack your medications too, if necessary.