Extreme Cold Weather Safety Tips
Winter can bring snow squalls, snow storms, freezing ice and sleet, and extreme wind chill and cold temperatures in the Northeast. These can cause hypothermia, frostbite, over-exhaustion from shoveling, and more. Make sure you and your family stay safe and warm by following these tips:
- Stay inside and avoid travel if you can. If you have to go outside, be sure to wear layers of warm clothing and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Be aware of the chance for CO poisoning inside your home. Check your appliance vents and your HVAC intake and exhaust pipes. Be sure to keep them clear of blowing or drifting snow. Do not bring generators or grills inside your home. Check your CO and smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly.
- In cases of a lot of snow, be aware of how much and how long you are shoveling to avoid overexertion and risks of cardiovascular issues.
- Winter storms may also cause power and fuel delivery interruptions. Always keep basic supplies on hand in case you need to stay home for a few days without power. Remember medications, pets, and extra batteries.
- If you have to travel, be sure to keep your gas tank full, and have blankets, bottled water, a flashlight, food snacks, and additional warm clothes with you.
- Check on your neighbors and pets. Young children and the elderly are more at risk in extreme cold and harsh winter conditions.
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