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  1. Winter Safety Tips

  2. Cold Exposure Walking Safety Driving Safety Home Safety Holiday Safety Recreational Safety Snow Removal Safety Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) Agenda

  3. Wear Loose-Fitting and Layered Clothing Trapped Air Insulates Layers can be removed to avoid perspiration and chill “Cotton Kills”…Use Polyester or Synthetic Material Wool will insulate even when wet Wear Hats, Hoods, and Scarves Over Half of Heat Loss Comes From Your Head Mittens are Better than Gloves Cover Mouth To Protect Lungs In Extreme Cold Drink Water to Avoid Dehydration Cold Exposure Safety CDC National Center of Environmental Health

  4. Danger: Skin Cold Enough To Freeze Signs and Symptoms: Loss of Feeling In Fingers, Toes, Ear Lobes, Nose White/Pale Skin Treatment: Cover affected areas and gently soak in warm water When part warm and red, cover with dry, sterile dressing Cotton or gauze between fingers and toes Frostbite CDC National Center of Environmental Health

  5. Danger: Low Body Temperature Signs and Symptoms: Shivering Disorientation Drowsiness Glassy Stare Slow Irregular Pulse Treatment: Re-Warm Body with Dry Clothing & Blankets Move to Warm Environment If Alert Give Warm Liquids to Drink Avoid re-warming quickly in water : may cause dangerous heart rhythms Hypothermia CDC National Center of Environmental Health

  6. CDC National Center of Environmental Health

  7. Dress Warm Use Good Boots with Non-Skid Soles Wear Bright and Reflective Clothing Carry a Flashlight After Dark Watch Hats and Scarves that Block Vision Use Sidewalks When Possible Walk Against the Flow of Traffic Walking Safety Center for Disease Control

  8. Avoid Traveling in Snow and Icy Conditions Take a Defensive Driving Class Allow Extra Travel Time Decrease Speed Be Aware of Carbon Monoxide Dangers Remove Packed Snow Around Exhaust Pipe Don’t Sit in Parked Car With Engine Running If Stranded Use Blankets Open Window Slightly Run Heater A Few Minutes Every Hour To Keep Warm Driving Safety CDC National Center of Environmental Health

  9. Have Your Car Winter Ready Check Condition of: Tires Battery Fluid Levels Keep an Emergency Kit cell phone flashlight blankets sand & shovel flares & reflectors extra clothing food & water first aid kit Driving Safety CDC National Center of Environmental Health

  10. Inspect Furnace Fireplace Chimneys Space Heaters Replace Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries Watch Children and Pets Around Heat Sources Never Heat Home With Range or Oven If gas heat, make sure vents are not blocked Keep a Working Fire Extinguisher Handy Post Emergency Phone Numbers Near Telephone Use Humidifiers to Improve Air Quality Home Safety Center for Disease Control

  11. Watch Gifts with Small Parts for Children Avoid Overloading Circuits with Decorative Lights Use only UL approved lights Use non-combustible or flame-resistant tree trim Keep tree away from heat sources Choose tinsel made of plastic or non-leaded materials Practice Safe Fire Prevention in the Home Keep Christmas Trees Well-Hydrated Use Care when Burning Candles Unplug Tree Lights when Away from Home Holiday Safety National Safety Council

  12. Avoid Shoveling If Out of Shape Know Your Lift Limits Avoid Twisting & Bending Push Instead of Lift When Possible & Use Your Legs Perform Warm-up Exercises and Take Rest Breaks Help Prevent Slips and Falls Use Rock Salt, Sand or De-Icing Compounds Be Careful Operating Snow blowers Never Clear Exhaust Chute When Running Watch Loose Clothing Like Scarves and Jacket Sleeves Be Aware of Projectiles Snow Removal Safety National Safety Council

  13. Wear Personal Protective Equipment Use Helmets and Eye or Face Protection for Hockey, Snowmobiling, Skiing & Snowboarding Ride Safely When Snowmobiling Watch Excessive Speeds Obey Trail Regulations Ride With a Buddy Remember Wind-chill and Frostbite Dangers Ride Sober Carry Repair and Emergency Kits Avoid Thin Ice & Open Water Recreation Safety National Safety Council

  14. Get Fresh Air and Sunshine Stay Active – Exercise Spend Quality Time with Family & Friends Help Others through Volunteer & Community Service Eat Well and Avoid Excessive Drinking Attend a Laughter Workshop! “Don’t Worry…Be Happy”(or at least don’t be SAD)Beat Seasonal Affect Disorder! Mayo Clinic

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