Winter Safety Tips from the RSCPC (Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club)
Living in northeast Ohio, we have all seen our share of extreme weather. Fortunately, snow storms and frigid temperatures are predictable and advance warnings give us extra time to be sure we are prepared. Carbon monoxide poisoning, car accidents, hypothermia, and frostbite are all heightened risks at this time of the year. Be sure your home is ready for the cold by repairing caulking, weatherstripping and insulation especially around pipes to prevent freezing. Be sure generators are working properly and are used only in safe locations. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replace the batteries if you did not already do so at daylight savings time. Gather extra supplies including food, water, medications and batteries in case you need to stay at home for several days. And, don’t forget food and medicines for pets. Keep emergency supplies in your car such as a blanket, flashlight, bottled water and non-perishable snacks. And, keep your gas tank at least one-half full. When you do go out, be prepared for the worst by wearing multiple layers of clothing and having a charged cell phone with you. Learn and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia, and seek treatment right away if needed. The link below provided by FEMA will offer many more suggestions for winter safety. The RSCPC wants you to stay warm and stay safe!