Winter Safety Tips
Cold winter weather is fast approaching, and
with it comes a variety of health and safety hazards both indoors and out.
Keep emergency gear in your car, including a
cell phone, flashlight, jumper cables, sand or kitty litter, ice
scraper/snow brush, small shovel, blankets, and warning devices. For longer trips take
food, water, extra blankets, and required medication.
If you are stopped or stalled, light two
flares, and place one at each end of the car. Stay in your vehicle and open a window
slightly. Wrap yourself in blankets. Run your heater for a few minutes every
hour to keep warm.
DRESS FOR THE COLD
Walking in a winter wonderland won’t be so wonderful
if you aren’t prepared for the weather. Not dressing properly can lead to
hypothermia, a serious condition in which your body temperature cools down to
several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, and wear mittens instead
of gloves. Trapped, insulating air warmed by body heat is the best protection from
hat and make sure shoes or boots have nonskid soles.
out of wet clothes as soon as possible.
Colder weather means it’s time to turn on
your furnace or other heating device. But take care,
December, January, and February are the leading
months for home fires, and heating
devices are often the culprit. With proper precautions
you’ll be safe and warm this season.
the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness,
and shortness of breath.
fireplace should have a sturdy fire screen in place. Make sure
your chimney and flue are inspected each year and cleaned, if needed. Burn only
untreated wood. Never burn paper or pine branches: pieces can float out the chimney
and ignite your roof or your neighbor’s as well as nearby trees.