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Do's and Don'ts - Cold Wave

Do's and Don'ts - Cold Wave

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Check that you have adequate winter clothing.
  • Monitor all media outlets for weather and emergency procedure information.
  • Check on any neighbours who live alone, especially the elderly.
  • Ensure emergency supplies are easily accessible-no power means-no electricity.
  • Use only one room-an internal room or passage will be easier to heat. Regular hot drinks will maintain body heat to fight the cold.
  • If electricity fails, freezers will preserve food for up to 48 hours if the door is kept shut.
  • Ensure that adequate clothing is worn-many light layers are better than one thick layer.
  • Hats and mufflers help to prevent heat loss.
  • Maintain proper ventilation when using kerosene heater or coal oven to avoid toxic fumes.
  • Eat healthy food to supply heat to the body and drink non alcoholic beverages.
  • Visit doctor for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance on fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose.
  • Visit doctor for signs of hypothermia (subnormal body temperature); uncontrolled shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.