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Stay Safe in the Extreme Cold ?

Stay Safe in the Extreme Cold ? - AC UNITS FOR LESS

Brian Schaeffer |

Staying safe in extreme cold is crucial, especially as freezing temperatures, snow, and wind chills can pose serious risks to health and safety. Here are some comprehensive tips based on information from the CDC and SafeWise to help ensure you, your family, and your pets stay warm and protected during harsh winter conditions.

At Home:

  • Regular Maintenance: It's important to check your heating systems like furnaces annually to ensure they are functioning efficiently and safely, reducing the risk of unexpected failures during cold spells.
  • Stay Informed: Keep up with local news and weather reports for updates on extreme cold conditions and share this information to ensure everyone is well-informed.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Ensure all cellular devices are fully charged in case of emergencies. Assembling a cold-weather preparedness kit is also essential. This should include items like candles, matches, extra blankets, batteries, clothing, and non-perishable food items, along with a well-stocked first aid kit.
  • Vulnerable Individuals: Pay special attention to older adults, people with disabilities, or anyone who may be isolated, as they might need extra help during extreme cold.

Outdoors:

  • Dress Appropriately: Wear suitable outdoor clothing that covers all exposed skin, including layers that retain heat. Be aware of the signs of frostbite and hypothermia, such as skin discoloration and numbness, or shivering and confusion, and seek medical attention if symptoms appear.
  • Communication: Always inform someone of your whereabouts and expected return time, particularly if you're planning extended periods outdoors.
  • Pet Safety: Pets should be kept indoors as much as possible. If they must go out, keep it brief and protect their paws from ice, salt, and chemicals.
  • Vehicle kit tailored for extreme cold conditions, consider including items such as a portable jump starter, shovel, traction aids like kitty litter or sand, ice scraper, flashlight, power supply for phone charging, blankets, gloves, a warm hat, first-aid kit, tow straps, spare tire and tools, hazard markers, fire extinguisher, and some water and non-perishable food. These essentials can significantly enhance your safety and preparedness for winter driving challenges