• Winter Weather- Cold Temperatures

    It is COLD outside! And at times, feels like we are in a snow globe. Winter weather is pretty to look at but can be very dangerous. With temperatures at or below 0 degrees and wind chill factors pushing us in to the negatives, frost bite and other serious health complications can happen quickly!

    • BE PREPARED!
      • Prepare your home and car for winter. Be sure you have a way to heat your home safely in case of power failure.
        • Keep a multi-purpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby when using alternative heating sources.
        • Install a battery-operated or battery back-up Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector in your home. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911.
        • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors as the fumes are deadly.
        • Never leave candles unattended.
        • Keep extra blankets, flashlights with extra batteries, matches, first aid kit, manual can opener, snow shovel and rock salt, and special need items on hand.
        • Stock a few days’ supply of water, required medications, and food that does not need to be refrigerated or cooked.
      • Monitor the temperature of your home. Infants and persons over 65 are especially susceptible to cold.  If it’s not possible to keep your home warm, stay with friends or family or in a shelter.
      • Dress warmly and stay dry. When going outdoors, dress in several layers to maintain body heat including a hat, scarf or knit mask to cover your face & mouth, mittens, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, and water resistant coat & boots. Covering up with blankets can also conserve heat.
      • Avoid prolonged exposure outdoors. If you have pets, bring them inside or provide adequate shelter to keep them warm.
      • Eat and drink wisely. Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
      • Avoid exertion. Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart.  Consult your doctor before shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold if you have heart disease or high blood pressure.

     

    For more information on winter safety, go to www.cdc.gov and be sure to follow the Health Department’s Twitter (@sjchealth) and Facebook Page for updates.

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