Personal Safety for the Winter Season
Cold Weather Safety Let’s face it, we live in Illinois and our winters can be harsh. Because we live here, we must adapt to the conditions, because life goes on and we must as well. We will continue to travel, whether it be to a relative’s home or to the grocery store, we must be prepared for the elements.
According to data from the Red Cross, there are 2000 deaths annually attributed to excessive cold and hypothermia, so when venturing out, be sure you are equipped. If you are traveling always be aware of potentially dangerous weather conditions and routes, listen to the weather reports and change your plans if at all possible when conditions are unfavorable.
Consider equipping your car with the following personal items: An extra set including - Hat, scarf, gloves, socks, boots, a larger set of clothes or jogging suit and one or 2 days of medication, your cell phone charger, granola bars or high energy bars and water.
The Red Cross also suggests a car kit including the following:Jumper Cables (red is positive, black is negative), Sand or kitty litter, ice scraper, washer fluid with a de-icer, a blanket, hand warmers, flashlight and a brightly colored flag or bandanna.
If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle, tie the brightly colored item to your antennae, stay inside and keep warm. Open the window for ventilation to avoid a build-up of Carbon Monoxide and run your vehicle for ten minutes every hour. Stay hydrated if possible and wait for help to arrive.Remember to be smart, take a few extra minutes to prepare, drive carefully and survive the winter, as spring is just around the corner!
Over 2,000 people die every year and another 40,000 are treated for CO poisoning. Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe:
- Have your heating and cooling systems inspected every year by a professional.
- Keep your fireplace flue open for adequate ventilation until embers are completely burned out.
- Never use a gas range or oven for heating the home.
- All gas or diesel powered equipment should be started and left running outside. This includes your car!
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Winter Safety Tips