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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
900 AM CST TUE NOV 18 2014

...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 REWARM 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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