Nine tips for staying safe in Vermont's extreme cold
Free Press Staff - Published 1:03 p.m. ET Dec. 27, 2017 | Updated 8:40 a.m. ET Dec. 28, 2017
Do you know how to stay safe in extremely cold weather? Here are some tips to help you stay out of trouble during Vermont's coldest months (courtesy of the state's health and public safety departments):
- Watch out for your fellow humans! Check on those who are housebound to make sure they have heat, food and water.
- Have you been to the gas station lately? Keep your gas tank at least half-full and carry an emergency travel kit, including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.
- Curl up inside with a good book. Limit time outdoors, especially for the elderly and young children.
- Keep Fido indoors. Limit your pets' time outdoors.
- Don your best long-johns. Wear several layers of dry, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing.
- That nip of whiskey won't help you. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages cause you to lose heat more rapidly.
- Like your fingers and toes? Treat them right. Symptoms of frostbite include a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities. Hypothermia signs include shivering, exhaustion, slurred speech and in infants, bright red, cold skin. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
- Have you been stacking firewood all fall? Here's when it comes in handy. Have sufficient heating fuel for your home.
- Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning risks. If you use a generator, ensure it is used outside, away from open windows, doors or air intakes. Exhaust from a generator or heating source can cause a buildup of this poisonous gas in the home.
Need help with heating or shelter?
Call Vermont 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 (available 24-hours); or text your zip code to 898211 to reach a call specialist (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays).
This was taken from the Burlington Free Press Website; http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/vermont/2017/12/27/nine-tips-staying-safe-vermonts-extreme-cold/984689001/