Security and Safety Tips
Safety Tips for Cold Weather
When temperatures plunge, you need to prepare for the severe weather conditions ahead. Along with being careful of traveling and staying warm, consider reducing outdoor activities during the extreme cold, especially activities involving the elderly and very young.
when Cold Out
Colder temperatures produce dangerous conditions when ice
surfaces on places such as sidewalks and roadways. That is why it is important
to be especially careful and alert to prevent accidents from occurring.
- When driving in icy conditions, be careful
about speeds and keep a safe distance between other vehicles.
- Take extra precautions of your surroundings,
especially after dark, when there is bad weather, and around school zones.
- Prepare a cold-weather kit in your car and
include items such as food, water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a windshield
scraper, blankets, road salt, etc.
- If taking a long trip, notify others and let
them know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
- If possible, it is best to avoid driving
all-together when weather conditions are dangerous.
- Be careful and cautious about overhanging icicles,
especially when walking in in a metropolitan area.
- Wear snow boots when ice is present outside as
leather soles are more at risk of slipping.
- Take shorter steps when walking through slippery
icy conditions to reduce the risk of falling.
- Avoid putting your hands in pockets to help in
a situation when you lose your balance or fall.
Warm in the Freezing Cold
One of the most important ways to avoid the dangers of cold
weather conditions is by planning ahead.
- Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm
clothing along with a heavy winter coat.
- Wear a winter hat that covers your ears.
- If possible, cover your mouth to protect your
lungs from extreme cold.
- Have some sort of covering for your hand, like
gloves or mittens.
Frostbite is the most common injury from cold weather and
is the result of exposure of skin to the conditions. The injury reduces feeling
in your skin and affects the fingers, toes, ears, nose, and cheeks. Pay
attention to any sign that may signal frostbite, such as:
- Skin that has an odd firmness
- Bright white or grayish-yellow skin
- If a pain in your skin or redness occurs,
return indoors, as frostbite may be beginning.
As always, if you “See
Something, Say Something”. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To
report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).