Have a safe and healthy winter

January 4, 2011 by  

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January is Cold Weather Safety Month in the US.

Down here in NZ where I am now with my family, it’s actually summer time though it’s been rainy and wet in the west coast of New Zealand, Still, it’s warm rain. On the other hand, an area in Australia the size of France and Germany combined is flooded over.

But we know that it’s freezing up north and many parts of Europe are actually snowed in. So yes, even though I am joining the rather mild temperatures here in Christchurch, I had to bring you this post on winter safety.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives us the following tip for this winter day:

Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other strenuous work in the cold. If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly.

In addition, the CDC also gives recommendations about avoiding frostbite and hypothermia, preparing for and managing during and after snowstorms and power outages, among others. Check out all these recommendations to help you have a safe and healthy winter!

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