Take Cold Weather Seriously
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Winter is getting serious in Douglas County and the Douglas County Health Department is urging you to prepare for cold weather safety if you have to be outdoors.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúIt is important for your safety that you plan for the elements,‚ÄĚ Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. ‚ÄúCold weather can be dangerous and your situation can change quickly.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Cold weather safety recommendations include:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Limit your outdoor time and move to a warm location whenever possible.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Dress in layered clothing for the best protection.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Loose fitting clothing is better than tight clothing that reduces blood circulation.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Make a special effort to protect your ears, face, hands and feet in extreme cold.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†A hat will help prevent you from losing heat.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Wear waterproof boots, insulated socks or two pairs of socks to protect your feet.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† As temperatures fall, it is important to remember the elderly and infants are most at danger of suffering serious injury from the cold. The Health Department encourages everyone to check on their elderly neighbors, but remember, staying inside also can have its dangers.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúPortable heating devices that use combustible fuel should not be used indoors. That includes lanterns, cook stoves and grills,‚ÄĚ Dr. Pour said. ‚ÄúFires should not be left in unattended fireplaces, and never leave children alone with candles.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Cold weather also creates concerns for travelers. Consider delaying travel when the weather service has issued an advisory, and if you must travel, tell friends or relatives about your planned route and estimated time of arrival. Take a cell phone, and make sure your car is ready for winter. Keep a full gas tank and have a safety kit that includes blankets, booster cables, a flashlight and maps.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† If you are stuck in the snow and have to stay in your car to keep warm, run the engine for no more than 10 minutes per hour, keep a downwind window slightly open, and be sure the tailpipe is not blocked.¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†‚ÄúPlanning ahead can save your life,‚ÄĚ Dr. Pour emphasized.