GENERAL WINTER SAFETY: Covering a breadth of safety and preparedness: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240231_WinterStorms.pdf
FIRE SAFETY FACTS & TIPS:
- o Prevent home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning during this cold weather:
o Only use heaters approved for indoor use.
o Turn off portable heaters and extinguish candles and fires when you leave a room or go to bed.
o Keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from anything flammable (curtains, clothing, bedding). Make sure they're placed on a hard, flat surface so that they don't tip over.
o Never use a generator in the house or in your garage.
o Never use the oven to heat your home.
o Clean and maintain chimneys and heaters at least annually.
o Don't overload electrical outlets with lights, heaters and other devices.
· In most cases, you have 2 minutes or less to safely escape a home fire. That's why early notification and having a fire escape plan are critical. Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, in bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Identify at least two routes out of every room in your house and practice your escape plan with each person in your household.
· If you can't afford smoke alarms, you can turn to the Red Cross. Our volunteers are making free home visits to install smoke alarms and help you with your household emergency plans. You can request an appointment by visiting redcross.org/colorado/firesafety. We will also be making a big push in Federal Heights and Boulder County over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. In addition to providing this service for free, we are in need of volunteers to give back to help deliver this free service. Visit redcross.org/colorado/firesafety to sign up to volunteer or to find out more.
SNOW REMOVAL SAFETY:
· Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity. Make sure you are physically fit enough to shovel snow, and seek help if you aren't.
· Wear multiple layers of light clothing instead of one heavy coat; layers will help trap heat near your body but also can be removed so that you don't overheat.
· Warm up muscles and take plenty of breaks so as not to strain muscles or overstress your body.
· The blend of cold, dry air and exertion can lead to dehydration. Even though it's cold out, you can get dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids.
· If using a snow blower, keep hands and feet away from the motor and moving parts.
· Even if you're just outside your home, keep a cell phone with you in case of emergency (such as a fall, cardiac emergency, etc.). With windows and doors closed, people inside the home may not be able to hear cries for help.
· Slips and falls are winter's most common injuries. Use sand, salt or an ice-melt on walkways. Shovel your sidewalk and walkways. And use patience and caution when walking: take smaller steps and keep your center of gravity over your feet.
· The stress and strain of winter maintenance and travel can exacerbate medical conditions. Learn CPR, first aid and how to use an AED so that you can help save someone's life in the case of an emergency. Find classes at redcross.org/classes.