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By Member Joyce Shry
December 2, 2021

With winter quickly approaching, it is a good time to share some winter safety tips.

Drive Safely in the Snow
Driving in the winter means changes in the way you driver. Snow, sleet and ice can lead to hazardous road conditions. Prepare your vehicle now for the upcoming winter season.

Avoid Shoveling and Snowblowing Injuries
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 for heart attack especially those who have inactive lifestyles.

Treat Frostbite Immediately
Better known as hypothermia or frostbite. Mild frostbite can be treated at home with first aid care. For all other frostbite, medical treatment should be obtained immediately. Medical treatment may involve rewarming, medications, wound care, surgeries and various therapies depending on the severity of the injury.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide detectors save lives. The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often described as "flu-like" - headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.

Avoid Injuries while Enjoying the Winter Weather
Whether you are skiing, snowboarding, sledding or skating, take safety precautions like learning basic skills and using the appropriate gear for the sport.

Prepare your Home
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us many not be ready for its arrival. Winterize your home. Check your heating systems. Install smoke detectors and test batteries. Install carbon monoxide detectors and check batteries. Get your vehicle ready for cold weather and safe driving.

Protect your pets. Provide adequate warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink.

Be ready to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards; young children, older adults and the chronically ill.

No one can stop the onset of winter. So following these tips you should be ready for winter when it comes.

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