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8 Winter Storm Safety Tips
The blizzard of 2016 has already claimed lives and damaged property in the northeast. And as hundreds are trapped inside a car due to impassable roads, being stranded requires clear thinking.
First, pull off the highway. Turn on hazard lights and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window. You also want to remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Don’t risk abandoning your vehicle, especially if you are with young children, elderly, etc.
8 Winter Safety Tips for Winter Storms
- Stay indoors during the storm. Avoid driving or even public transportation.
- Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
- Avoid overdoing it when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
- Watch out for your pets if they normally stay outdoors. Bring them inside and as needed take them out for relief for brief times.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
- Know Signs of Frostbite: Occurs when the skin and body tissue just beneath it freezes. Loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, earlobes, face, and the tip of the nose.
- What to Do: Cover exposed skin, but do not rub the affected area in an attempt to warm it up. Seek medical help immediately.
- Signs of Hypothermia: Dangerously low body temperature. Uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
And lastly, if you find yourself stuck along the side of the road, check your social media alerts and run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. But remember to open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
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