Winter Safety Tips
Winter in Ohio evokes images of snowy travels to grandma’s house and freshly baked pies. Here are some ideas to help you stay safe wherever your winter travels may take you.
- Always keep a few blankets in the car. It’s wise to keep an emergency kit in your car at all times, and this is especially true in the winter months. Don’t forget the hazard triangles, road flares, cell phone, and jumper cables. A flashlight can be very handy after the sun goes down. You may also consider keeping some small bills and change in your center console for cash emergencies.
- Watch for signs of frostbite. Does your skin feel like “pins and needles” from the cold? This can be a precursor to frostbite which can lead to hypothermia.
- Power outage? Use flashlights instead of candles to reduce the risk of fire. Always use the correct type of fuel for your space heater, and don’t forget to keep a fire extinguisher nearby! Ensure adequate ventilation when using an indoor heater.
- Be on the lookout for Carbon Monoxide poisoning symptoms. Immediately seek fresh air and medical attention if you experience a dull headache, weakness, or shortness of breath.
- Take caution when bundling small children and infants. Infants can accidentally suffocate when scarves or hats impede their airways.
- Shovel with care. It’s okay to call in the professionals, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.
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