Winter weather brings a lot of enjoyment. From skiing and snowboard to sledding and ice skating, winters in New England are tons of fun. However, winter temperatures and sports bring a few safety hazards. To help here are some winter safety tips to protect your family.
Plus, due to the low temperatures, winter brings some colds and illnesses, such as respiratory ailments. In particular, viruses like the flu, are prevalent because people stay indoors more and thus are exposed to more airborne germs. As a result, there are some common winter health concerns.
- Nosebleeds. If you or anyone in your family suffer from winter nosebleeds, try using a cold air humidifier at night.
- Common Colds. The viruses that cause colds and flu tend to be more common in the winter. Therefore, frequent hand washing and sneezing or coughing away from others helps reduce the risk of colds and flu.
- Frostbite. Keep fingers, toes, ears and your nose covered when outside during freezing temperatures.
Winter Storm Safety Tips
Although winter activities, such as playing in the snow provide plenty of fun and exercise, they can be quite dangerous as well.
The best way to stay safe during a winter storm is preparation. For example, annual heating tune-ups and inspections catch minor issues before winter weather strikes. If you have not had your heating services inspected, then schedule a tune-up today. In addition, there are some other handy winter storm tips that help provide peace of mind.
- Develop a relationship with a trustworthy heating technician that provides emergency service.
- Stock up on flashlights and batteries in case your home loses power.
- Keep a battery-powered radio in the house and listen for weather updates or emergency information.
- Maintain a full tank of gas in your car, which keeps the fuel line from freezing.
- Avoid unnecessary travel and stock up on groceries prior to the storm.
- Move animals to sheltered areas.
- Understand the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind and cold temperature on exposed skin.
Additionally, when the storm strikes, then remember to remain inside and dress warmly. For example, wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, which keep you more insulated than one bulky sweater. Plus, remember to eat regularly because food provides the body with energy, which produces its own heat. Also, drink plenty of fluids that help prevent dehydration. Finally, enjoy the quality time you’re getting with your family!
Winter Health Tips
It’s a common myth that cold weather causes colds. Colds are caused mainly by viruses that are more commonly exposed in the winter. Plus, viruses spread when children are in school and in close contact with each other, typically through respiratory droplets in the air and on hands.
However, according to the Cleveland Clinic, there are some simple and standard tips to keep you and your children healthy this winter.
- Use soap and water. Washing hands frequently reduces the spread of germs.
- Cover your mouth (and your children’s mouth). Sneezing or coughing into the bend of their elbows prevents spreading germs.
- Get immunized. Keep vaccinations current, including the flu shot (for children 6 months and older).
Plus, for families with youngsters (or elderly parents), pay extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy.
- Dress in layers because it’s always easier to remove a layer when inside.
- Beware of clothing hazards, such as scarves and hood strings.
- Monitor outdoor time because too much exposure to cold temperatures is dangerous.
- Use sunscreen because children and adults can still get sunburn in the winter.
- Install alarms because more household fires happen during the winter.
- Stay hydrated because we lose more water through breathing in dry, winter climates.
Ultimately, watch for danger signs. Signs of frostbite are pale, grey or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you think your child has frostbite bring the child indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot) water. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia call 9-1-1 immediately.
Winter is coming. Luckily, there is still some time to ensure you have the proper safety gear to protect your home. The first snowstorm provides a picturesque landscape – however, that is quickly replaced by the reality of moving the snow somewhere. For any home safety concerns, remember that SolvIt is here to help.