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  • 1/12/2018

    Extreme Cold Temperature Information

    When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so you may have to copy with power failures and icy roads. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards. Many homes will be too cold - either due to a power failure or because the heating system isn't adequate for the weather. When people must use space heaters and fireplaces to stay warm, the risk of household fires increases, as well as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. To keep yourself and your family safe, you should know how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises.

    What is Extreme Cold?
    What constitutes extreme cold and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions relatively unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered "extreme cold". Whenever temperatures drop decidedly below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can leave your body more rapidly. These weather-related conditions may lead to serious health problems. Extreme cold is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter or who are stranded, or who live in a home that is poorly insulated or without heat.

    Safety Tips:

    1. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable heater.
    2. Never use your oven for heating. 
    3. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
    4. Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
    5. Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
    6. Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.
    7. Test smoke alarms at least monthly.
    8. Never leave children unattended near a heating device.
    9. Use flashlights rather than candles if possible.
    10. Never leave lit candles unattended.
    11. Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or gas grills indoors.
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