How to stay warm and keep your family safe this winter!
*Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are most at risk, but anyone can be affected. *
Dress warm for cold weather. Wear a hat, gloves, and a warm coat. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Make sure students are dressed properly before leaving for school. Wear layers of loose fitting, warm clothing.
Many homes will be too cold this winter, due to a power failure or inadequate heating systems. Use caution with space heaters and fireplaces. Never leave children unattended near a space heater. Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire such as drapes, furniture, or bedding. Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater. Never bring outdoor heating devices into the home, such as propane/charcoal grills and propane cookers, as these items produce deadly carbon monoxide. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector if you use gas to heat your home.
Move family pets indoors, or to an enclosure out of the elements.
Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing. Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
Keep a warm blanket in your car while driving in case of an accident, or problems with your vehicle. Make sure you have a scraper to keep your windows clear of snow and ice.
When shoveling snow, use a small shovel- shovel many small loads instead of heavier ones. Take a break every 15min. If you experience warning signs of a heart attack, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, tightness in chest, arms, neck, or back. Call 911 immediately.