Yet Another Winter Health And Safety Tips – Part 1 of 3
Yet Another Winter Health And Safety Tips. As a potentially record-breaking blizzard pummels the US Northeast, there are steps residents should entertain to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, doctors say. The National Weather Service is predicting anywhere from 2 to 3 feet of snow along a 300-mile passageway that stretches from New Jersey to Maine. Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour are also predicted. “Snow, leading winds and cold are a dangerous combination,” Dr Sampson Davis, an emergency medicine physician at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, in Secaucus, NJ, said in a convalescent home news release.
For starters, Davis advises, follow weather reports – and pay attention to the wind chill. “With temperature drops, increased windiness chill and inadequate clothing, your body temperature can drop rapidly leading to hypothermia, frostbite and death. Extremely cold days are not a time to show your fashion best – rather it is well-connected to wear multiple layers, including a hat. A great deal of temperature loss occurs through the head.
So “Children are especially vulnerable, so make sure to keep the hat, scarf and glove set handy. Also, a matched set of thermals – or as my mother calls them, long johns – can go a long way in keeping your body heat in. Lastly, make sure to remove pouring clothing immediately. The moisture in the clothing serves as an accelerator for heat loss. Also, be sure your home’s heating systems, including the furnace and fireplace, and your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have been checked and are working properly.