The Oakland County Health Division is advising residents to take precautions during these cold winter months. Here are a few quick tips that’ll keep you healthy and safe when it’s cold outside:
- Dress properly for the outdoor conditions (hat, scarf, face mask, gloves, long sleeves that are snug at the wrists, multiple layers, and water resistant coats and boots)
- Stay dry; remove excess layers of clothing when you’re too warm
- Infants should be dressed in warm clothing, even when indoors
- Set your home’s thermostat at 65 degrees Fahrenheit (minimum); 70 degrees if an infant or individual age 75 or older resides in the home.
- Avoid exertion while shoveling or snow blowing if you have cardiac problems or high blood pressure
- Avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on skin while de-icing and fueling cars, snow blowers, etc. Contact with the skin can greatly increase heat loss from the body
- Don’t forget about your pets! Outdoor pets should be brought in if temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to wipe their paws/underside to avoid the possibility of them licking salt or antifreeze off their paws or other areas