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Winter Safety Tips

Indoors

  • If possible, stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Conserve fuel.  Lowers the thermostat to 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
  • Close off unused rooms.
  • Seal drafts from doors and windows.
  • Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.  Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.

 

Outdoors

  • Dress warmly.  Wear loose fitting, layered clothes.  Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens rather than gloves because mittens are warmer.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia (uncontrolled shivering, slow speech, memory loss, stumbling, sleepiness, and extreme tiredness).
  • Drink warm liquids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol. Alcoholic drinks cause your body to lose heat more quickly.

 

Traveling

  • Listen for travel warnings and avoid icy roads, if possible.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to arrive.  Ask them to notify help if you are late.
  • Check and restock emergency supplies in your car before you leave.
  • Take advantage of your free rides. Take the bus to the store instead of walking on icy sidewalks.

 

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