Tips For Braving Winter Weather

This winter has been particularly harsh for millions of people around the country.  In NY we woke up to more snow, wind and cold, cold, cold today.  Recent winter storms have caused major power outages across the country leaving homeowners vulnerable.  According to the National Weather Service, about 20 percent of all deaths related to cold exposure occur in the house.  There may still be weeks of stormy winter weather ahead so it pays to be prepared. 

Our friends at Enviro-Log offers the following tips to ensure your health and safety during the harsh winter weather:

Avoid Over-Exertion When Shoveling Snow

Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task. Over-exertion can bring on a heart attack, a major cause of death in the winter.

Monitor Weather Conditions

Listen to your radio, television, or check www.weather.com for weather reports and emergency information from the National Weather Service.

Watch For Signs Of Frostbite Or Hypothermia

Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Keep your head and hands covered if you go outdoors. The signs of frostbite include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose. Signs of hypothermia can include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.

Carry An Emergency Kit In Your Vehicle

Every vehicle should have an emergency kit in case you get stranded or your car breaks down. The emergency kit should be stocked with the following items: blankets/sleeping bags, cellular phone or two-way radio, windshield scraper, snow brush, flashlight with extra batteries, extra winter clothes, shovel, tow chain, matches, traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter), emergency flares, jumper cables, snacks, water, a first aid kit and road maps.

Check On Neighbors And Relatives

Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children. Keep pipes from freezing. If temperatures remain below freezing, the pipes in your home may freeze. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

For additional information on winter weather safety visit:

 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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