Preparing for the snow and cold

With record-low temperatures and heavy snow in the forecast, the American Red Cross is offering these safety tips:

  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm.  Gloves and a hat will help prevent the loss of body heat.
  • Be extremely careful if you have to shovel snow.  It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering.
  • Watch for symptoms of frostbite, including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, or waxy feeling skin.

For more advice staying safe in the extreme cold, and avoiding home fire risks, click here.

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