Kicking off 2014 is a few days of frigid temperatures and chilling winds. Safeguard you and your loved ones by adhering to these safety practices to make sure you stay toasty and warm during this cold snap.
Ice Patches – With the temperatures well below zero, ice is a major factor on roadways, sidewalks and parking lots. Take your time and be cautious when travelling from place to place. Help out by ensuring your sidewalk is ice-free so no one falls when passing by your home.
Wind Chill – Wind chill is a perceived decrease of temperature on exposed skin, due to cold air. If you go out in the next few days, layer up and expose as little skin as possible. Use hats, gloves and scarves to make sure you are as warm as possible and bundle up your little ones if they are going to be outside.
Frostbite – The exposure of skin to frigid temperatures and causes damage to the skin and tissue. It can only take a matter minutes for frostbite to occur in the freezing temperatures. Limit your time outside and if you have to go out, cover up.
Hypothermia – Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures causes hypothermia. This can happen when someone falls into a body of water or slips outside and cannot get up, leaving them exposed to the elements. It is important to seek medical treatment immediately to ensure their internal body temperature is raised in a safe and controlled manner.
Vehicle Winter Safety Kit – This is very useful all year long but especially important during the winter. Your car should be stocked with an inventory of items to help you if your car breaks down, especially in cold weather. Blankets, de-icer, water, flashlight, booster cables, road markers, snow shovel and scraper, and candles are just a few items your car should be stocked with. A complete list is available in our Safety Tips section, under Winter Safety.
Please use caution and limit your time outside in the next few days. And if you do go out, dress accordingly and be careful.
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