Prepare for cold to prevent hypothermia and frostbite
By Staff Reporter
The National Weather Service says the best way to avoid frostbite and hypothermia is to plan for extreme cold before it arrives.
“Don’t get caught unprepared,” says its website, which advises people to prepare for cold weather, as is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.
The NWS makes these specific recommendations:
n Check the forecast at weather.gov or your favorite weather app, station, etcetera. Make checking the forecast part of your regular routine so you’ll know when to expect cold weather.
n If possible, adjust your schedule to avoid being outside during the coldest part of the day, typically the early morning. Try to find a warm spot for children while they wait for the school bus outside.
n Protect pets, livestock and other property. Make sure pets and farm animals have plenty of food and water, and are not overly exposed to extreme cold. Take precautions to ensure your water pipes do not freeze. Know the temperature thresholds of your plants and crops.
n Fill up the tank. Make sure your car or vehicle has at least a half a tank of gas during extreme cold situations so that you can stay warm if you become stranded.
n Dress for the outdoors even if you don’t think you’ll be out much.
n Update your winter car survival kit. Make sure your car survival kit has the following:
n Flashlights. Replace the batteries before the winter season starts and pack extras.
n First aid kit. Check your purse or bag for essential medications.
n Baby, special needs gear. If you have a baby or family member with special needs, pack diapers and any special formula or food.
n Food. Stock non-perishable food such as canned food and a can opener, dry cereal and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars.
n Water. Have at least one gallon of water per person a day for at least three days.
n Basic toolkit: pliers, wrench, screwdriver.
n Radio, either battery-powered or hand-cranked.
n Cat litter or sand for better tire traction.
n A shovel to dig out snow.
n Ice scraper. Even if you usually park in a garage, have one in the car.
n Clothes. Make sure you dress for the weather in warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and have an extra change of clothes for the cold.
n Warmers. Pack extras for body, hand, feet.
n Charged cell phone. Keep a spare charger in your car as well.
The New Philadelphia police posted a special advisory for criminals on their Facebook page.
“Due to the extreme cold and wind, the New Philadelphia Police Department is cancelling all misdemeanor and felony criminal activities.
“Criminals, please take note, it is (too) cold to commit crimes. Stay inside and read, watch Netflix, participate in the neighborhood watch program, anything, but for the love of polar bears, do not go outside and commit crimes.”