Listen to your radio, television or NOAA
Weather Radio for weather reports and
Eat regularly and
drink ample fluids to
avoid dehydration, but avoid caffeine
Avoid overexertion when shoveling
snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart
attack - a major cause of death in winter.
If you must shovel snow, stretch before
outside and rest often.
signs of frostbite. These include loss
of feeling and a white
or pale appearance
in extremities such as fingers,
toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose.
are detected, get medical aid immediately.
Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include
slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent
symptoms of hypothermia are detected,
get the victim to a warm location,
clothing, warm the center of
the body first, and give warm, non-alcoholic
if the victim is conscious. Get
aid as soon as possible.
fuel, if necessary, by keeping your home
close off heat to some rooms.
Maintain ventilation when using kerosene
heaters to avoid build-up
fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters
outside and keep
them at least three feet
from flammable objects.
Drive only if it
is absolutely necessary. If you must drive,
consider the following: