Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has some safety tips for the cold weather:
- Do not go outside if you do not have to. If you need to go out, dress in several layers. Wear a waterproof or windproof outer layer. Limit your exposure. Wearing mittens keeps hands warmer than gloves.
- Keep fingertips, earlobes and noses covered. These areas are highly susceptible to frostbite. Do not attempt to rewarm a frostbitten extremity by rubbing it. Rewarming must be done gradually and may need to be done in an emergency department.
- The very young and elderly are prone to cold related injuries. Monitor children and check on elderly relatives regularly.
- Do not smoke or drink if you intend to be outside for an extended period of time. Both can cause your body to get colder faster.
- If you have an electric heater/blanket make sure they are U.L. rated and kept away from combustible materials such as paper, diapers and linens. Make sure they are unplugged when not in use.
- Make sure you have a survival kit when travelling. It should include a first-aid kit, shovel, nonperishable food, extra clothing, sleeping bag, flashlight, jumper cables, and a fully charged cell phone.
- Check your smoke detector. Changes batteries if needed. Make sure you have one in every bedroom on every level in your residence.