Brrrave the cold temperatures with these health and safety tips
With temperatures dropping into single digits, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department asks residents to use caution when dealing with the cold weather.
During the cold weather, stay indoors whenever possible. If you must go outside, dress warmly in layered clothing, including a hat, a scarf or knit mask to cover your face and mouth, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens, a water-resistant coat and water-resistant boots.
Avoid exertion, as cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. People with heart disease or high blood pressure should follow their doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other activities in the snow.
When outside, avoid walking on ice, and keep your steps and walkways as free of ice as possible.
Be on the lookout for signs of hypothermia and frostbite, two common cold weather-related health problems. Learn more about the signs/symptoms of both by clicking here.
Prepare an emergency supplies list, including items such as a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, a snow shovel, blankets and matches. Food that needs no cooking or refrigeration, such as bread, crackers, cereal, canned foods and dried fruits, should be purchased. Store water in clean containers or buy bottled water in case water pipes freeze and rupture. Also, make sure to have a supply of any medications that family members might need.
Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home; check batteries often. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911. Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or near a window. Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open. Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t properly vented. Don’t heat your house with a gas oven. Learn more about CO here.
If you experience a power outage, make sure you use safe food handling practices with foods that may have been affected. If the power is out for longer than two hours, click here to find out what you should do.
If you experience flooding once ice and snow begin to melt, make sure you use precautions when dealing with floodwater. For a list of safe cleaning tips, click here.