It is going to be a bitterly cold weekend here in Western New York. When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe becomes a challenge. Here are some recommendations from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards. Many homes become cold and drafty. When people must use space heaters and fireplaces to stay warm, the risk of household fires increases, as well as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. To keep yourself and your family safe, you should know how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises.

The emergency procedures outlined here (from the CDC)  are not a substitute for training in first aid. However, these procedures will help you to know when to seek medical care and what to do until help becomes available.

View recommendations from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention here