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Winter Safety Tips

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When winter comes, so does the extreme weather. Here are some tips to stay safe during the holidays and the beginning of the spring semester.

Invest in a carbon monoxide detection system

Hundreds of people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include headaches, confusion, nausea and other flu-like symptoms. If you already possess a carbon monoxide detector, make sure it is working by holding down the “test” button and waiting to hear four beeps (may vary by manufacturer).

Check on pet health

Cold weather may exacerbate health issues in your feline companions. No matter your pet’s health condition, regular vet visits are important during this time. As an additional precaution, regularly check under the hoods of your cars to make sure there are no animals there that are attracted to its warmth.

Avoid snow shoveling when possible

Snow shoveling may cause cardiac arrest in those with preexisting conditions, of older age, and the inactive. If you must shovel snow, go slow and make sure there is someone else there to help out or check up on you regularly.

Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle

Even the most cautious of individuals should be prepared for the possibility of being stranded in wintery conditions. Things that should be included in the kit can be found online, but they should definitely include a flashlight, non-perishable food and extra clothing. This kit should stay permanently in vehicles in case of emergency. When driving to campus, do not use cruise control because it can make it harder to control your car on slippery surfaces.

Wear proper winter clothing

Wear multiple layers of clothing that are loose-fitting and lightweight. Boots should be tight-laced and gripping and paired with gloves, hats and scarves. Symptoms of hypothermia are shivering, confusion, stiff muscles, sleepiness and difficulty sleeping. Don’t go out alone. Please check up on loved ones and individuals that may need your help in instituting these measures as well. If you would like to know more about how to stay safe in winter and other weather conditions visit the National Weather Service website.

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