The first batch of cold weather is already upon this season. Temperatures are expected to stay in the teens and low twenties for the remainder of the season. With this in mind the Sandwich Fire Department has the following safety tips for the citizens of Sandwich:
- Do not venture out if you do not have to. If you do need to go out, limit your exposure, and know your limitations. Dress with several layers of clothing, and wear a waterproof and or windproof outer layer.
- Should your clothes become wet, remove your self from the environment and remove the wet clothing immediately.
- Finger tips, earlobes and noses tend to be highly susceptible to frost-nip wind-chill and frostbite. Keep these areas covered while out in the cold weather. The body can lose up to 40% of its heat through the head. Wearing a hat will help conserve your body heat.
- Frostbite is a very serious condition caused by over-exposure to the cold and weather elements. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REWARM A FROSTBITTEN EXTREMITY BY RUBBING IT. Re-warming must be done gradually and in an Emergency Department. Contact emergency services immediately at 911.
- The very young, the elderly and or infirmed also tend to be prone to cold related injuries. It is important to monitor children, and to regularly check on elderly relatives or neighbors
- Do not attempt to heat your home with a stove's oven. Burning gas in a closed house or apartment eats up oxygen and produces deadly carbon monoxide gases
- Kerosene heaters are dangerous; make sure that electric heaters and blankets are U.L. or F.M. rated, and they are kept away from any combustible materials such as draperies and linens. Unplug electric blankets and portable electric heaters when not in use or you retire to bed for the evening.