The Polar Vortex of 2014 plunged most of the continental United States to temperature below freezing, some well below zero. The dangers of cold and wintery weather increase during times of extreme temperatures making safety a priority. Below are tips to help you and your family stay safe during times of temperamental weather.
- Conserve indoor heat. Keep cold air out by reducing the opening and closing of windows and doors, close off unused rooms and seal the cracks at the bottom of outside doors to prevent any cold air leaking into your house.
- Monitor the body temperature of those unable to check themselves. Infants, children and the elderly are more apt to lose body heat quickly than adults. Provide warm clothing and blankets for them to wear and use.
- Leave all water taps slightly open to create a constant drip. By allowing your water taps to drip continuously you help your pipes avoid freezing.
- Eat well-balanced meals and avoid the consumption of alcoholic or caffeinated beverages. A well-balanced meal will help keep you warm, while caffeine and alcohol can cause your body to lose heat more quickly.
- If you have to venture out into the cold, be sure to bundle up and stay dry. Don’t forget to wear a thick, insulated jacket, mittens instead of gloves, a warm hat, warm socks and a scarf.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity outside. Cold weather is harder on your heart in order to keep your body warm, so exertion puts you in great danger. If you want to get in your physical activity, do it indoors. If you want to shovel snow, listen to your body and keep it at a slow pace.
Keep warm and stay safe by using the above tips during times of extreme cold weather. Learn more about other precautions you can take and other details about the dangers of the cold here.