In the event of severe winter weather, it is crucial to have storm plan in place. Here are some steps to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Stay indoors. Tune into the radio or your favorite TV news station for all of the latest weather updates.
- Always implement fire safety. Be mindful of electric appliances, heating vents, outlets and cords. Always use fireplaces and wood stoves in well ventilated area, and be careful or flames or having objects near the fireplace that could catch fire. Always have a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it.
- Layers! Wear layers of loose fitting clothes to preserve body heat, and remove a layer if you start feeling too warm. Wear socks to prevent heat loss, cover up with a blanket, and even wear a cap if you are feeling cold. Remove any clothing that becomes wet and replace it with dry clothing.
- Stay hydrated and eat regularly. Your body needs food and water for energy and to help you stay warm.
- Talk to your doctor about all of the medications you are currently taking and follow his/her instructions regarding dosing.
- The elderly do not tolerate cold conditions as well as younger individuals so keep your home no cooler than 68 degrees to avoid hypothermia.
- Know where and how to shut off water valves. It is common for pipes to burst in severely cold temperatures.
The first step to staying safe in a winter storm is to stay inside. But, if you must go outside, use caution and protect yourself from frostbite.
- More layers! This means coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Do not remain in the cold more than 30 minutes. Take a break, go inside and warm up before go back out again.
- Don’t break a leg! Avoid any icy or slippery surfaces. Apply rock salt to walkways to melt ice and avoid slip and fall injuries.
- If you suspect frostbite, contact your physician immediately as it could develop into a life threatening situation.
- If you must travel, do not travel alone, and let someone know where you are going and the route you plan to take.
In times of crisis, it’s always best to have a plan. It’s also smart to have a disaster kit to help you through the storm.
Home health care Atlanta caregivers, Regency Home Care, hope that all of these things will help you remain safe in the winter months.
FEMA: Before Winter Storms and Extreme Cold.