Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website for further information on being Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in the Winter
Frostbite and Hypothermia
- Frostbite occurs to skin that is exposed to extreme cold, get indoors immediately remove constricting clothing place dry gauze between fingers and toes elevate affected area if superficial frostbite, the affected area can be placed in warm water 100-105 degree
- Hypothermia is when the body temperature goes below 95 degrees.
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Add blankets, towels, newspapers around the individual
- Keep the individual in a horizontal position cover head
- Limit time outdoors
- Bundle up in several layers of loose clothing
- Wear mittens rather than gloves
- Cover ears with a warm hat
- Wear socks that will keep your feet warm and dry
Both frostbite and hypothermia are very serious conditions that can lead to amputation and/or cardiac arrest.
For more information, visit national safety council website .
National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely.
- Do not shovel after eating or while smoking
- Take it slow and stretch out before you begin
- Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it’s lighter
- Push the snow rather than lifting it
- If you do lift it, use a small shovel, or only partially fill the shovel
- Lift with your legs, not your back
- Do not work to the point of exhaustion
Don’t pick up that shovel without a doctor’s permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness, stop immediately. A clear driveway is not worth your life.
Snow Blower Safety
Be safe with these tips from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:
- If the blower jams, turn it off
- Keep your hands away from the moving parts
- Do not drink alcohol and use the snow blower
- Be aware of the carbon monoxide risk of running a snow blower in an enclosed space
- Refuel your snow blower when it is off, never when it is running