Medic reminds the community to protect themselves to avoid cold weather exposure:
- Check that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have batteries and are functional.
- Carbon monoxide is odorless, extremely dangerous, and poses a higher risk during cold weather times when people use additional methods to generate heat.
- Make sure space heaters are in good working order and have a 3-foot "circle of safety".
- Cold temps bring an increase in space heater fires and one of every seven space heater fires in the past five years has caused a fire death.
- Do not use unapproved means for heat. Do not use ovens, grills, or open fires indoors as additional means of heat.
- Wear layers and keeps hands & feet warm and dry. Wear plenty of layers, including hats, scarves, gloves, etc. If clothing becomes wet, remove it immediately and replace.
- Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unfamiliar exercise, such as shoveling snow or pushing a car, can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse. Take frequent rest breaks, and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
- Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors who may need assistance to ensure they are adequately protected from the cold Infants, seniors, and people with paralysis or neuropathy are at increased risk of hypothermia and frostbite..
- Keep cell phones charged and if possible, avoid traveling alone.
- Car safety
- Be aware of changing road conditions and "black ice" patches.
- If you experience trouble, stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety unless help is visible within 100 yards.
- Display a trouble sign if you need help; tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna and raise the hood to alert rescuers.
- Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you are experiencing an emergency, CALL 911
For more information regarding Cold Weather Safety & Readiness, please contact Lester Oliva at firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to News Stories and Press Releases