Stay warm, stay safe!
Cold Safety Tips.....
Holiday Decorating? Be careful with pets and small children as some beautiful flowers and decorations are harmful to children and pets if ingested. Some of the delicious food we eat during the holidays can also be poisonous to pets! Questions, contact Poison Control! 1-800-222-1222
With ice and snow come power outages, do not utilize generators inside the home, make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working and make sure elderly, children and pets are warm and sheltered from the cold if there is an emergency, call 911 IMMEDIATELY!
TIPS FOR TODDLERS - IF THE ITEM IS SMALL ENOUGH TO FIT THROUGH A TOILET PAPER ROLL TUBE IT IS TOO SMALL FOR YOUR TODDLER!!
A cold related emergency occurs when the body can no longer warm itself.
LOW body temperature (hypothermia) can develop rapidly in extremely cold environments.
Extreme cold weather is dangerous and can bring on health related emergencies in susceptible people such as those without shelter, outdoor workers and those without a way to stay warm.
Remember if you suspect frost bite, wrap fingers/toes separate then together to prevent further injury and seek medical attention.
Infants and the elderly are most prone to weather emergencies and hypothermia!
Signs and Symptoms of a COLD Related Emergency (CALL 911)
Fatigue or low energy
Very slow heart rate
Headache,light headed feeling
Muscle cramping or spasms
Confusion or Loss of Consciousness
Clumsiness or lack of coordination
Red or even blue skin tone, blackened fingers/toes and ears could be frost bite
First Aid (CALL 911)
Move the person to a safe & warm area
Place them in a warm room
WARM their body - chest, neck, head, and groin-using heating packs
Have them SIP beverages - stay away from alcohol
Place them in front of a warming or heat source
CPR may be necessary
Even in a bath tub - 8 years ago, I read about a 3 year old toddler who suffered a near drowning experience and all appeared fine, several hours later, the toddler died - the cause of death was a "Dry Drowning". Finally after many years, this problem has been brought to the public, now referred to as "Secondary Drowning". For more information on this, please see the article below or contact us. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1714551/
Remember pets get cold too - bring them indoors or make sure to provide enough warm shelter for them during cold weather and make sure they have plenty of water!
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