-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