Here in PA, we get our fair share of extreme cold and heavy snow every winter. That’s why we wanted to share these tips to help you stay safe and protect your home when the temperatures plummet.
Cold weather health and wellness tips
- When outside, wearing multiple layers of lightweight clothing is recommended by the Red Cross along with hats, mittens, gloves and a scarf to protect your lungs.
- Look out for early signs of frostbite. The very young and the very old are most susceptible but those with limited blood circulation are also at an increased risk for developing frostbite. To warm up hands and feet, it is best to use body heat or warm water. Holding your hands over an open flame is not advised. If you can’t warm up after half an hour or so, seek medical attention immediately.
- Be aware of signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.
- Pets can also develop frostbite and hypothermia, so limit activity outside and take pets indoors.
- Don’t forget to check on family, friends and neighbors who may be at risk and in need of additional assistance during the heavy snow and freezing cold.
- When traveling keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle —including warm clothing.
Cold weather home tips
- To avoid frozen pipes, keep water running at a trickle. Open cabinet doors to sinks to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
- Keep thermostats at the same temperature, day and night.
- Use a glass or metal screen with a fireplace to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- Never use a generator inside a home, including in the basement or the garage.