Winter Warnings : Cold Weather Tips

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  • Never use an extension cord with a space heater; it increases the risk of fire.
  • A gas range or oven cannot be used to heat a living area; they can produce deadly levels of carbon monoxide.
  • Keep trash and combustible storage away from your furnace or other heating system; have your furnace checked regularly by a qualified expert.
  • Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes with an open flame; use hot water or warm towels. Keep windows and doors secure from cold drafts to protect inside pipes near walls; let water trickle slightly during bitter temperatures to reduce chances of frozen pipes.
  • Dress warmly in layers; always wear a hat; keep clothing dry; mittens keep hands warmer than fingered gloves.
  • Drink warm, non-alcoholic beverages; alcohol causes the body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Avoid overexertion in cold weather; this adds strain on the heart.
  • Be alert for the warning signs of frostbite; a momentary stinging pain followed by numbness. Do not rub the affected area; apply warm, moist towels; if skin begins turning blue-purple, go to a hospital emergency room.
  • Hypothermia is when the body temperature falls below 98 degrees. Symptoms include un-controllable shivering, dilated pupils and mental confusion. Keep victim warm while seeking medical attention.
  • Check on neighbors, friends and loved ones during a cold emergency. Make sure they have enough heat, food and other necessities.
  • Police Fire Emergency 911

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