Cold Weather Dangers to Watch For

Winter is far from over, and that means staying safe in cold weather is still important. Remember these tips for getting by until spring:

• Frostbite. Frostbite can occur in a short amount of time, especially with children. They can lose body heat quickly, sometimes in as little as 20 minutes. Dress kids warmly, but don’t over bundle them, which can cause sweating and speed the loss of body heat. Also, discourage kids from eating snow, since it lowers body temperature, which can decrease resistance to frostbite.

• Carbon monoxide. Check your furnace and other heating appliances to make sure they aren’t creating a danger to your co-workers or family. Carbon monoxide poisoning is often mistaken for the flu. The symptoms include achiness, headache, and nausea. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, and it can affect children before it affects adults.

• Vehicles. We all know to walk carefully on icy roads and sidewalks during winter. But injuries can also stem from sliding and skidding vehicles that may not be able to stop before hitting someone. Be sure to walk in bright or reflective clothing, and be careful when walking near snow piles and drifts that may obscure your view or the view of a driver.

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