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