The City of Oak Grove offers some tips on how to stay safe during the winter months
Unlike the summertime with its dangers of heatstroke and sunburns, winter brings other problems that we must keep in mind when it comes to staying safe.
Driving on snow
- Snow, sleet, and ice can lead to hazardous road conditions. If you’re not used to driving in snow, just keep it slow and easy.
- If possible, stay at home until the roads are clear.
- Prepare your vehicle for winter. Here are some tips on winter driving from The National Safety Council.
- Frostbite happens when you’re exposed to extreme cold weather for a long period of time without being dressed properly causing the skin to get very cold, then numb, hard, and pale.
- It mostly affects small body parts such as fingers and toes.
- To avoid frostbite, dress in loose layers.
- Make sure extremities such as hands, feet, ears, nose, and cheeks are covered, as they’re more likely to be affected. Mittens are a better choice than gloves for keeping fingers warm.
- This happens when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees.
- Signs of hypothermia include severe shivering, fatigue, confusion, and shallow breathing.
- If you have any of these symptoms or are with someone who does, get them to a warm place and remove wet clothing.
- Wrap victims with blankets or towels to warm them up.
- Call 911.
Slips and falls
- Wear practical footwear with good traction to prevent falling on icy walkways.
- Wear gloves or mittens instead of keeping your hands in your pockets as you will want your arms to help balance youself should you find yourself on a slippery surface.
Avoid shoveling snow
- Shoveling snow or using a snowblower are among winter’s most grueling activities.
- High levels of activity in cold temperatures put many people at risk of a heart attack, especially those that have inactive lifestyles.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Winter months are the peak time for this health issue.
- Be sure to have carbon monoxide detectors in your house and check the batteries monthly.
- Don’t run a vehicle in an enclosed space.
- Only use indoor heaters that were properly installed.
- Fireplaces and candles cause fires every winter.
- One study found candles cause 25 reported house fires every day.
- Have your fireplace professionally inspected before use.
- Candles should never be left unattended.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the City of Oak Grove. We are more than happy to help in any way we can.