Tips for Staying Safe in Severe Winter Weather - Ascension Wisconsin

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Published on January 07, 2015

Tips for Staying Safe in Severe Winter Weather

Most of us are under a wind chill advisory through noon on Thursday, January 8, and the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) has issued a cold weather health advisory, as well.

Here are some tips from MHD and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare experts to help you stay safe and warm in the cold:

  • Minimize the time spent outdoors. If you do go outside, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing and dress in layers. Be sure to cover exposed skin, including your fingers, nose and ears.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite can occur within minutes when unprotected skin is exposed to very cold temperatures. 
  • Shovel snow slowly and take frequent breaks. Don't shovel if you have a heart condition or back problems.
  • Heat your home with devices approved for indoor use, and ensure they are properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning or fires. Don't use kerosene heaters or a gas stove to heat your home.
  • Be especially careful if you must drive:
    • Be sure your car is in good working order and that you have plenty of gas.
    • Make a car survival kit that includes blankets, extra clothing and high-energy foods. 
    • Ensure that your vehicle’s fuel tank is at least half full and the battery is charged.
  • Bring pets inside and ensure trips outside are brief. 
  • Check on family members and neighbors who may be at risk for illness or injuries, especially young children, the elderly and those with certain medical conditions.

Learn more about how to prepare for severe winter weather.

Stay warm and safe, everyone!

Tips for Staying Safe in Severe Winter Weather