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Winter Safety Tips
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.