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Cold and freezing weather safety advice

3:35 PM, Dec 3, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - With the season's first cold snap in the forecast, health and emergency officials offer these preventative tips:

  • Maintain a heated environment in your home. Keep extra blankets handy.

  • Take care with space heaters. Choose heaters with an automatic shut-off switch and non-glowing elements.

  • Never use barbecues or cooking stoves as a source of heat indoors as they can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide which can harm and even kill in high concentrations.

  • Test smoke alarms and battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors in working conditions.

  • Inspect fireplace and wood stove chimneys or flues. Have them professionally cleaned if necessary.

  • Check on the elderly, infants and others with vulnerable health conditions.

  •  Wear several layers of lightweight and warm clothing, a hat, and gloves or mittens.

  • If working outdoors, dress warmly, avoid heavy exertion and work slowly.

  • Keep at least a half a tank of fuel in your vehicle. Check tire air pressure and vehicle fluid levels, including windshield cleaner.

  • Additionally, carry emergency supplies such as blankets, water, food and jumper cables in your vehicle.

  • Wrap outdoor pipes/faucets with insulating materials. Allow faucets to drip slowly during freezing weather to prevent frozen pipes.

  • Cover cold-sensitive plants or move to a sheltered location.

  • Bring pets indoors or to an enclosure out of the elements.

  • Protect other large animals from the cold weather and make sure they have unfrozen water.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, San Joaquin County Public Health Services

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