Cold Weather Preparation

Thursday, January 02, 2014

As colder weather approaches, steps need to be taken to prepare for extreme cold. Dr. Edward Hill has some tips for staying warm in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. You can avoid serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia by doing the following:

Wear a hat, hood or scarf as most heat is lost through the head.

Wear layers as they provide better insulation and warmth.

Keep clothing dry; if a layer becomes wet, remove it.

In the event of a snow or ice storm, you should have a fully stocked emergency supply kit to allow you to sustain yourself for up to three days without power, or in the event you are unable to travel from home.

Also, take precautions to ensure you are heating your home safely.

When using portable heaters, make sure your unit is approved for indoor use.

Keep combustible materials at least three feet away from the heat source.

Make sure your heating system is kept clean and properly vented, and

Do not use any gas-powered appliance, such as a generator, indoors.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.