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Cold Weather Safety Tips

December 7, 2013, 12:16 PM

Cold Weather Safety Tips

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.

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