Winter storms and freezing temperatures have hit the nation hard this week. Dangerous driving, unsafe walking conditions, power outages, power lines heavy with ice or unsafe heating methods are especially dangerous for seniors. Review the following tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe during this winter blast.
Home Heating Safety Tips
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from any space heater.
- Make sure a fireplace screen is placed in front of a wood-burning fireplace to catch flying sparks or rolling logs.
- Using a fireplace, gas heater or lanterns can lead to carbon-monoxide poisoning. If you use any of these methods to heat your home, make sure you have proper ventilation. Check the batteries on your carbon-monoxide detector or buy an updated one if needed.
- Purchase an ABC multipurpose fire extinguisher for the home and learn how to use it properly.
Winter Auto and Driving Safety Tips
- In a major snow storm, don’t drive if it’s not completely necessary. If you must drive, go very slow if roads are snow covered or icy.
- Use extreme caution in any freezing temperatures because there may be black ice on the road, which is hard to detect. If you see a sudden shine or change of color to the road, it may indicate black ice.
Winter Outdoor Safety Tips
- Wear boots that are non-skid and always walk slowly! Assume the walkways are icy, even if you can’t see the ice. Always use handrails if available.
- Dress for winter by covering as much exposed skin as possible. Wool and polyester are the best materials for keeping moisture out and warm air in. Cotton is never a safe choice in winter temperatures. Remember, hats, gloves and wool socks will reduce the amount of heat that escapes your body.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for a help in any situation that can increase your chances of injuries.