Beat the Cold

Put Your Health First

Winter brings with it dangerously cold temperatures that can cause health and safety problems if you are not prepared. If you have any older relatives, neighbors or friends, check on them often to make sure they are okay. If they do not have heat, call their local municipality or township about warming centers.

Common Sense is the Best Defense

The following tips along with a little common sense should come in handy as long winter is around.
  • Wear layers of warm, dry clothing including hat and gloves: wet clothing negates insulating effect.
  • Cover exposed skin surfaces as protection from frostbite (numbness, red-white nose, chin, fingers, forehead, stiff cheeks); warm gradually by wrapping or placing next to warm skin; do not rub-affected areas.
  • Be aware of hypothermia (body temperature 95 degrees or less); stiff muscles, puffy face, slowed breathing, poor physical condition, mental confusion; if these signs are recognized, call 911 immediately.
  • Drink non-alcoholic beverages such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soup.
  • Maintain good nutrition and obtain plenty of rest.
  • Prescription drugs may increase vulnerability to cold; check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Be aware of elderly and disabled persons living alone; offer assistance.
  • It is dangerous to use an oven as a heating device. All space heaters are a fire risk if used improperly.
  • Individuals 65 and older should obtain a flu shot every year.