Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville offers these wintery weather health and safety tips:
Hypothermia and frost bite are a concern when exposed to the elements. If you must go out, wear appropriate clothing and dress in layers.
Wear a hat or other protective covering to prevent body heat from escaping from your head, face and neck. Stay as dry as possible. Remove wet clothing as soon as possible.
Wear non-slip boots. Walkways, even when cleared, can still be slippery.
If you must shovel snow, don’t overdo it. Back injuries and heart attacks can and do happen. Scoop small amounts of snow and use proper body mechanics. Take frequent breaks.
Dehydration is also a concern while shoveling. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids.
Keep a blanket, bottled water and healthy snacks in your vehicle in case you get stranded.
Be aware of what is above you. Avoid being struck by falling objects such as icicles hanging over entryways and doors, heavy ice-covered tree limbs or power lines.
To prevent the spread of colds and flu, wash your hands often using soap and water or hand sanitizer. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough using a tissue, or your upper sleeve or elbow — not your hands.