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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Chicago IL
900 AM CST Tue Nov 15 2016

...This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week...

The American Red Cross advises the people of Illinois and Indiana to
follow winter weather safety rules.

Do you know how to protect yourself from potentially life
threatening situations that arise with hazardous winter weather? For
free brochures on winter weather precautions, contact your local Red
Cross chapter today or visit www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-
safety-library.

Extremely cold conditions can cause a number of health and safety
concerns including frostbite and hypothermia. Taking preventive
action is your best defense to protect yourself.

Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing which keeps you
warmer than a single heavy coat.
Mittens provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.
Wear a hat preferably one that covers your ears.
Wear a scarf over your mouth to protect your lungs.
Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and
to maintain your footing on ice and snow.

Frostbite occurs when skin freezes resulting in numbness and a pale
white appearance to the affected area. Slowly re-warm the affected
skin.

If you are out in the cold and notice dizziness, numbness,
confusion, and impaired vision, you may be developing hypothermia.
Prolonged exposure to the cold can lead to this life threatening
condition, which causes your body temperature to fall well below
normal.

To treat someone with hypothermia, call 9-1-1 and move them to a
warmer place. Give the victim warm liquids rather than hot and avoid
alcohol. Warm the body core first with warm blankets, not the hands
and feet. This could drive cold blood quickly to the heart,
resulting in heart failure.

Shoveling snow can be extremely hard work, especially for seniors.
You should not shovel snow unless you are in good physical
condition. Know your limits when shoveling snow. Rest frequently and
pace yourself. Use a proper snow shovel and lift with your legs, not
your back. If you experience chest or arm pain, stop immediately and
go indoors. Seek emergency medical attention if needed.

Overexertion can cause sore muscles, falls on slippery surfaces, and
most importantly, heart attacks. Consider asking for help with
clearing the snow and ice off of the sidewalks, stairs and driveway.

Contact your local red cross chapter for more information on cold
weather first aid, or visit www.redcross.org.

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