It is that time of year again when the temperatures dip down low, reminding us all that we need to remember these winter safety precautions.
Adults and Children should wear:
- a hat
- a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
- sleeves that are snug at the wrist
- mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
- several layers of loose-fitting clothing
- water-resistant coat and boots
- Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body rapidly.
- Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.
- Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
- Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping, or skiing.
- Do not leave areas of the skin exposed to the cold.
- Avoid perspiring or becoming overtired. Be prepared to take emergency shelter.
- Pack dry clothing, a two-wave radio, waterproof matches and paraffin fire starters with you.
- Do not use alcohol and other mood altering substances, and avoid caffeinated beverages.
- Avoid walking on ice or getting wet.
- Carefully watch for signs of cold-weather health problems.
Have a safe and warm winter!