Winter weather safety tips from the American Red Cross

February 11th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by under Latest Posts

With New Mexico bracing for a second winter storm in four days, The American Red Cross in New Mexico is reminding people that in extreme weather it is better to be safe than sorry.

Here are some guidelines for staying safe in winter weather conditions:

Listen to the advice of local officials and stay in a safe place until weather conditions improve and roads can be cleared.

  • If your power is out, avoid using candles to prevent a fire.
  • Never use a generator inside your home or garage. Place the unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. If your carbon monoxide alarms sounds, quickly move somewhere where you can get fresh air.
  • When possible, check on your neighbors.
  • If you need to be outside, protect yourself by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
  • Information and safety tips can be found on our First Aid or Hurricane Apps. These free apps are available on both iPhone and Android platforms.
  • Keep children and pets away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters. Turn space heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use perishable items first.If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you don’t need to worry about losing perishable food items.
  • If you have to venture out in your vehicle, make sure you have emergency supplies: blanket, flashlight, snack bars and water.
  • Bring your pets inside.
  • If you suspect someone has hypothermia, call 911. Move the person to a warm place. Remove wet clothing, dry them off and put them in dry clothes. Warm the body gradually with blankets until help arrives.

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