Cold temperatures and snow are here again! Take tips to protect yourself, your family and pets
The best way to fight off the cold is to stay indoors, with heat! If your home is inadequately heated, go to a neighbor’s or relative’s house. Keep these other tips in mind to stay safe and healthy during cold:
- If you must go out, bundle up in layers and keep a hat on that head!
- Limit your time outdoors.
- Keep dry. If you get wet, change out of any wet clothing quickly to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
- Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and drink warm, non-alcoholic beverages. Get medical help as soon as possible.
- Make sure your car and home are ready for winter.
- Bring pets indoors.
The City of Cleveland always encourages residents to:
- Please park off-street whenever possible. This allows plows to have curb-to-curb access and clear streets of snow more effectively.
- Stay off the streets as much as possible for their own personal safety and to allow snow plows greater access to the city’s roadways.
- If you must travel, use caution and remember not to “block the box” at intersections.
- Plan ahead for the morning commute and allow extra travel time.
- Pay attention to local news for weather advisories and visit http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/ and clecityhall.com for additional information from the City of Cleveland.
No matter what the weather, always have weather appropriate emergency kits handy at homeand in your car and know the emergency plans for work, school and places you frequent. Stay connected with weather alerts and other news sources too so you’re never caught off guard.