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Posted on: January 21, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Storm Safety Tips

-Have a flashlight with fresh batteries ready to use (you may have used the flashlight during previous storms so, replace the batteries if you did).

-Make sure to use a flashlight when giving or taking medication. Read all labels carefully and put on your glasses to insure proper ability to read the directions.

-Have a battery-operated radio available and be sure the batteries are fresh.

-Keep cell phones charged as much as possible. Be sure to have the appropriate charger to use in your car should you house’s power fail and you have access to a car.

-Keep rock salt locked up and out of sight and reach of children and pets.

-Risk for hypothermia increases with frigid temperatures. Infants, children, and the elderly are at greatest risk for hypothermia.

-Signs and symptoms include headaches, sleepiness, fatigue, confusion and irritability, nausea, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, impaired vision and coordination, and death.

-Stay warm and dress appropriately! For prolonged exposure to cold, wear insulated or layered clothing that does not retain moisture. Wear a head cover!

-Avoid over-exertion and excessive sweating in the cold. Snow shoveling is a very intense exercise. If you are not in top physical shape, don’t attempt it yourself.

-Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature.

-Avoid drinking alcohol, especially in cold temperatures.

-Some medications may increase your risk. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or call the Poison Control Center

Louis E. Anello, Health Officer
Director of Health, Welfare and Human Services

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