Keeping Healthy and Safe in Winter Weather

Sometimes called the “Deceptive Killers” by the National Weather Service, winter storms and the conditions that accompany them can be deadly if people don’t take the right precautions. Cascade City-County Health Department has some quick and easy reminders that can make all the difference in your health and safety as we push through these cold winter months.

When outside, dress in numerous layers instead of fewer heavy layers, and always wear a hat, gloves, and warm boots. Watch for dangerous conditions like frostbite and hypothermia. “We encourage people to take advantage of the wonderful outdoor opportunities in our area; we just want to help ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy while doing so,” says Alicia Thompson, Health Officer for the CCHD.

If traveling during the cold winter months, always remember the three C’s:

  1. Check your vehicle’s emergency kit to ensure you have all the recommended items
  2. Contact someone with your travel plans and timeline
  3. Conduct all recommended winter maintenance on your vehicle

The National Weather Service reports that in the U.S., on average, 104 people die annually from winter storms and related conditions like wind and cold, and not all these deaths occur outside. It’s also imperative to take steps for staying safe inside as well.

  1. Check your emergency supply kit for all the recommended items.
  2. Prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning; ensure your heating source is used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. If you must use alternate heat sources, vent properly and never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal burning device in your home or where the fumes may enter through an open door or window.

For more information, please call 452-0881 x311 or visit CCHD’s winter health and safety information page.