Courtney McIntosh, Communications Intern
Frigid air is predicted for Wisconsin, are you ready for the long battle against the cold?
Here are nine ways to stay safe during the harsh Wisconsin winters:
- As my mother always told me: You can always take a layer off but once you’re gone, you’re outta luck! Pile on those extra layers of clothing to help maintain body heat.
- Know the signs of hypothermia – confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get immediate medical attention.
- Symptoms of frostbite include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin. Gloves keep fingers from the harsh, bitter winds as hats protect our ears.
- Keep your fur babies inside as much as possible. If your dogs cannot be kept inside, make sure they have a safe, dry environment that provides shelter from the wind and snow. A source of unfrozen water is also very important to maintain for pets that stay outside.
- Frozen pipes are a reality for many of us. Avoid this nuisance by letting a trickle of water run through the pipes. Maintaining the thermostat throughout the day and night also helps to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Its an old-school remedy, but using an oven to warm the home is unsafe – especially when children and pets are around.
- Space heaters are a great way to heat an area of the home that is less than comfortable, not to mention they are more cost-friendly for those on a budget. Just make sure to keep these heaters on a flat, leveled surface and away from anything flammable.
- A roaring fire during the winter is amazing, but those flying sparks and occasional rolling log pose dangers for those enjoying the warmth. Use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch such hazards
- As I’ve mentioned, those space heaters and fires are amazing but they pose possible dangers. Make sure to turn off space heaters and that all embers are out before calling it a night.
Winter is pretty darn long here in Wisconsin; Keep yourself and your family safe by following these few tips so that time is spent making snowmen and having snowball fights rather than dealing with the less enjoyable (such as frostbiten toes)!!