Cold weather can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds, and can create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, heart attacks from overexertion, as well as be a contributing factor to house fires when heating appliances are not properly used.
Protect yourself and your loved ones during a cold weather. Take extra steps to make sure you heat your home safely, and follow the tips below.
Heat your home safely. If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:
If you need to report a fire or medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
1. Stay off roads.
Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
Stay off roads if at all possible.
Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes. Signs of frostbite include numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin and/or firm or waxy skin. If you suspect you have frostbite, go to a warm room. Soak in warm water or use body heat to warm yourself. Do not massage or use a heating pad.