This week we enjoyed our first snow storm here in Prescott, Arizona. While the snow didn’t last long, the cold temperatures are definitely here to stay – at least through the winter months. Crystal Creek Builders want you to be safe and have a healthy holiday season. Here are 5 tips for preparing for the winter months:
- Dress for the Temperature: when the body temperature drops too low, frostbite and hypothermia can set in. According to the CDC, people over the age of 65 are the most at risk for hypothermia-related deaths. Even if you are staying indoors, you should dress in layers and keep the interior temperature at a comfortable heat. If you are going outside, wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a scarf, gloves and a hat.
- 2. Prepare for Possible Power Outages: although it is rare to get that much snow in Prescott, Arizona to cause a power outage, it can happen and it is better to be prepared just in case. Stock up on extra batteries for your flashlights, non-perishable foods, water and keep plenty of warm blankets available. Local retailers sell “little hotties” that keep warm for several hours, which are perfect for warming your hands and feet.
- Avoid Slips and Falls: sideways and walk-ways can be tricky this time of year, and it doesn’t take much to recreate a slip hazard. Make sure you are wearing a good pair of shoes with traction, or non-skid soles to avoid slips and falls. Keep your walk-ways clear and use salt to reduce ice.
- Check Your Vehicle: winter weather conditions can create a danger while traveling, even if you are just driving to the local grocery store. Be sure to have your vehicle serviced – check things like the tire, oil, battery, and wiper blades. In the event you are planning a longer trip away from home, stock your vehicle with blankets, flashlights and fresh water.
- Check for Carbon Monoxide: this time of year we love to use our gas fireplaces, and other winter heating options. If your home does not have carbon monoxide detectors, you will want to have them installed as soon as possible. Most hardware stores sell battery operated detectors that are easy to mount on the wall or ceiling. Be sure to do a routine maintenance check of the batteries, and replace if necessary.
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