Winter officially began on December 21, though the cold and snow took a lot longer to get here. The cold weather can cause health and safety problems if you are not prepared. The following tips are common sense solutions to some of winter’s potential problems.

  • Wear layers of warm, dry clothing including hat and gloves. Wet clothing takes away the insulating effect.
  • Cover exposed skin surfaces as protection from frostbite (numbness, red nose, chin, fingers, forehead, stiff checks) warm gradually by wrapping or placing next to warm skin. Do not rub affected areas.
  • Be aware of hypothermia (body temperature 95 degrees or less). Stiff muscles, puffy face, slowed breathing, poor physical condition, mental confusion. If these signs are recognized, call 911 immediately.
  • Drink non-alcoholic beverages such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soup.
  • Maintain good nutrition and get plenty of rest.
  • Prescription drugs may increase vulnerability to cold. Check with your pharmacist or doctor.
  • Be aware of elderly and disabled persons living alone. Offer assistance.
  • It is dangerous to use an oven as a heating device. All space heaters are a fire risk if used improperly.
  • Individuals 65 and older should obtain a flu shot every year.

Be a Good Neighbor

Residents are reminded to not blow or shovel snow onto the street when cleaning driveways or sidewalks. If you have a fire hydrant in front of or near your home, please be a good citizen and keep it free of ice and snow. It can be a matter of life or death for firefighters to be able to locate and get to the hydrants quickly in a fire emergency. If possible, please help elderly neighbors with their sidewalks and by clearing snow from school bus stops and school crossings.

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