Some cold weather safety tips from Mary Washington Healthcare's Director
of Safety and Preparedness, Andy Holden:
- Know the weather forecast so you can dress correctly for wind, cold or
snow and ice. Add layers for cold. Stay dry.
- Have extra coats, gloves, a blanket or at least towels in your car. If
you get unexpectedly stranded, these would make a big difference.
- Do you know who you can call if you’re stranded besides 911?
- This weather may depress your immune system; wash your hands to help prevent
getting the flu.
- Make sure clothes, dust and kids' toys are away from heaters.
- If you use temporary electric heaters, use only heavy duty extension cords.
- Don’t leave portable heaters on when no one is home.
- Never burn charcoal indoors
- Whether you rent or own where you live, outside wall pipes can freeze in
this severe cold. This can lead to flooded possessions and expensive repairs
when it warms up.
- When no pets or kids are around, consider leaving kitchen and bathroom
- In the worst cold you may have to leave a faucet slowly dripping to prevent freezing.
- Don’t leave your cat or dogs outside too long. Know their limits,
shorten walks for them and you.
- If you feed wild birds, they are burning more calories too, so keep the