Winter Weather Safety Tips
- All homeowner’s should keep at least one bag of ice melt to help prevent slips or falls.
- If there is a snow storm, snow removal on the streets will begin after 2″ of snow has fallen, this will continue periodically allowing the streets to remain open and passable until the storm ends.
- As a reminder walks and driveways will not be shoveled until after the storm has fully ended.
- In the event of an ice storm, it can take down power lines knocking out electricity. Check battery powered equipment before the storm arrives.
- Check your food and stock an extra supply. Include food that requires no cooking in case of power failure. If there are infants or people who need special medication at home, make sure you have a supply of the proper food and medicine. Make sure pets and animals have shelter and a water supply.
- Dress for the conditions when outdoors. Wear several layers of light-weight clothing: layers can be removed to prevent perspiring and subsequent chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven, waterproof and hooded. For the hands, mittens, snug at the wrists, offer better protection than fingered gloves.
- For additional winter weather safety tips, visit www.dhses.ny.gov
- As per the NYS Dept. of Health the flu season usually peaks in February but continues through May.
- Seasonal flu is a contagious illness that affects the nose, throat, lungs, and other parts of the body. It can spread quickly from one person to another, can cause mild to severe illness, and, in some severe cases, can lead to death.
Practice Good Health Habits
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue/napkin when coughing or sneezing.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.