Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

No one can stop the onset of winter. However, if you follow these suggestions, you will be ready for it when it does come.

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check your heating systems and service professionally for proper ventilation
  • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys
  • Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly
  • Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available
  • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies by installing a CO detector

Prepare Your Car

o   Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze Check tire treads, Replace, if necessary

o   Keep a full gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines

o   Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer

o   Keep a winter emergency kit in your car in case you become stranded

Be Prepared For Power Outages

  • Stock up on water and foods that do not need to be cooked or refrigerated in clean containers
  • Fully charge your cell phone
  • Keep an up-to-date emergency kit

Outdoors Precautions

o   Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing, such as mittens, hats, scarves and waterproof boots

o   Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches

o   Be aware of the wind chill factor when doing outside chores

o   Always carry your cell phone

Travel Plans

When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions. Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories.

  • Inform a friend or relative of your proposed route and expected time of arrival
  • If you become stranded in your car
  • Stay with your car unless safety is no more than 100 yards away, staying visible by putting a bright cloth on the antenna
  • Run the engine and heater only 10 minutes every hour and keep a downwind window open
  • Make sure the tailpipe is not blocked
  • Check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. Bring pets, or provide adequate, warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink.Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

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