Winter is a beautiful season. In winter, the air is crisper, leaves have changed color and most have fallen from the trees and there is a sense of quiet all around. Despite its beauty, winter presents its own set of weather related dangers. If you have a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other physical or mental conditions, it is especially important to be aware of these winter safety tips. Be sure to read below below for Red Cross tips on how to stay safe in winter weather.
“Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips” include:
1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
Find additional information on winter safety tips from the Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Top-Ten-Red-Cross-Cold-Weather-Safety-Tips.
It is important to be prepared to stay warm and safe in colder weather. Keep the tips above in mind to be ready for the beautiful frozen environment that winter brings. Remember to bundle up, get organized and prepare well to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable winter!