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Winter Wonderland?

Posted: January 3, 2018, 11:47AM

We had snow for Christmas.  We've had frigid temperatures.  We've had winter winds.  Current temps are running below average according to our local weather men and women, and wind has made it worse, driving the single digit temps to below zero.  BRRRRRR!!!!!!

Take the opportunity to check on older family and friends to make sure they are safe and have what they need.  Do they have heat?  Is it safe heat?  Do they have food and water?  Do they have phone service - cell or landline?

Confusion and disorientation can signal dehydration. Call 911. 

Frostbite can occur when the skin is exposed to extreme cold, and occurs most often on fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin.  Get inside immediately and seek medical attention immediately.  If not caught soon enough, frostbite can have severe consequences.

Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature falls below 95 degrees.  Severe shivering is one of the first signs and progresses to drowsiness, confusion, shallow breathing, irregular heartbeat, and can be fatal.  Move the person inside, remove wet clothing (if applicable), and cover with blankets.  Seek medical attention immediately.

Be sure to have a winter preparedness plan that enables you to shelter in place for 3 days.  An emergency kit should include a flashlight, a battery-operated radio, a loud whistle / bell / alarm, extra batteries, food that can be easily prepared and stored (without power), one gallon of water per day per person, extra blankets and a first aid kit. 

Other things to consider include a backup supply of daily medications, accessibility to medical equipment and spare batteries - and non-powered options, a plan for alternative shelter and how to get there should you need to evacuate your home, and instructions for first responders to help with relocation.

Keep your home temperature comfortable.  If you use space heaters, make sure they are tested and certified to the most current safety standards and do not leave the unit unattended. 

Be VERY careful if you venture out!!  Snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice increase the risk of a fall which could have life-changing consequences.  Falls are the leading cause of death for older adults and a leading cause of traumatic brain injury for older adults.  If you must go out, wear boots that fit well and have good traction.  Try to stay on surfaces that have been cleared and treated for ice.

Bundle up - dress in layers - to stay warm.  Make sure you can see and can move freely.  Wear gloves, a hat and a scarf.  If you have breathing difficulties, cover your nose and mouth so you're breathing in the cold air. 

Stay warm and stay safe!








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