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Title: Winter Season Safety Suggestions


1
Winter Season Safety Suggestions
  • At-risk Citizens Guide for Basic Safety and Health

HELPU Fire and Life Safety
2004
2
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Cold weather, winds, bitter rains, and heavy
    snows cause many concerns for all citizens BUT
    for people with special needs, i.e. people with
    paralysis, diabetic conditions, and neuropathy,
    concerns can be magnified.
  • Following are suggestions for numerous conditions
    that an At-risk citizen may encounter.

3
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Some definitions are first needed to explain the
    issues and the weather concerns
  • Neuropathy a condition that limits or
    diminishes the ability to feel sensations, i.e.
    heat, cold, pain, damage, or injury.
  • Diabetic a condition that can follow along the
    lines of neuropathy also low sugar conditions can
    cause light-headedness leading to misjudgment or
    impaired abilities.

4
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Hypothermia a condition in which the persons
    body temperature lowers to a dangerous level that
    can lead to unconsciousness and eventual death
  • Frostbite a very severe condition in which the
    persons body temperature has significantly
    lowered and the person loses
  • all sensation to the extremity that has become
    frostbitten. Many times loss of the extremity
    occurs with severe exposure and damage.
  • A person with a neuropathy, diabetic condition or
    paralysis of their limbs may suffer more severe
    damage and injury.

5
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • As a person with (complete) paralysis I have
    taken measures to safeguard myself against
    weather conditions that may cause further damage
    to my body.
  • Following will be some of the suggestions I have
    taken to protect myself from severe winter events.

Complete meaning no sensation of the
paralyzed limbs.
6
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Hands for most of us the instruments we use
    most often and rely upon to do our work.

7
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Many uses of our hands -

8
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • The palms of the hands, the fingers and the
    fingertips can all get badly damaged if not
    protected from severe winter weather.

9
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • One way to protect hands is by using gloves
    especially gloves that have an inner insulation
    that maintains the hands warmth. The gloves
    should also extend beyond the wrist.
  • Mittens are also good for people with clawed
    hands to protect them from the winter elements.

10
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Curious while driving do you use gloves?
  • Some gloves are probably too bulky to safely
    maneuver a vehicles steering column but a simple
    pair of driving gloves while inside the vehicle
    can help keep the hands and fingers warm.

11
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Hands lose their moisture and can dry up and
    become brittle, calloused, and cracked in winter
    weather. Try to have small bottles, (I use
    travel bottles) of a moisturizing hand cream in
    your vehicle's glove box, purse, coat pocket, or
    briefcase. Not only will it soften up your hands
    but hand creams can replenish the moisture lost
    to dry heats, bitter blowing winds, icing, and
    cold snows.

12
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Feet can be sometimes overlooked, after all we do
    wear shoes, boots, sneakers, or heels. But, the
    feet can become very easily frostbitten if they
    are not warm enough, have poor circulation, or
    are otherwise compromised by injuries, age or
    size.

13
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Are you diabetic, do you have neuropathy, or poor
    circulation in your legs and feet? If so, then
    please schedule a visit

14
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Here is why you should visit with your doctor
    regarding your feet. Some people with diabetes,
    neuropathy, poor circulation, and others may not
    notice, feel, or sense injury or damage to their
    feet or legs.
  • A doctor is trained to check for pulse, warmth,
    sensation, and use of the extremity and will be
    able to help guide you in monitoring injury to
    your feet and legs.

15
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Thick heavy socks like the first graphic shown
    can help keep your feet warm and dry. Remember
    though, if they get wet, your feet are wet, cold,
    and in danger of frostbite. The second graphic
    of socks are good for sleeping, they are thinner,
    about mid-calf length and will help protect your
    feet against temperature changes.

16
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Some people like to lounge around without dress
    or work shoes on their feet, thats great but how
    about keeping the feet warm and protected against
    small objects, table legs, couch or end table
    protrusions
  • Slippers that entirely cover the foot from toes
    to heel help maintain warmth and give some
    protection against bumps, stubs, etc.

17
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • What about your head and ears? Hats are coming
    back into style! Simple hooded coats, or parkas
    can keep your head and ears warm, an ear muff, or
    even a pulled down knitted cap. Heat escapes
    through your head. If it is protected and warm,
    less heat escapes.

18
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Some other suggestions that are routinely done by
    the author
  • I carry a thermometer to check my body
    temperature. I have no sensation of hot or cold
    and do not wish to suffer frostbite. If my body
    temperature drops I know to get inside and warm
    myself up.
  • I wear sun glasses while driving in snow, not
    while it is falling but after it has settled.
    Snow is blinding and glaring and I do not want to
    harm my vision.

19
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • I carry a tube of lip balm with sun screen in it
    to protect my lips from chapping, cracking and
    bleeding due to the severe colds and winds.
  • My vehicle has two woolen blankets stored in it,
    one in the back seat and one in the trunk.
  • I also carry extra bottles of fresh drinking
    water in the car and a thermos of hot coffee.

20
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • I have a service dog and he has his own thermal
    blanket in the car with him and a full body coat
    that he wears. He also has boots and two extra
    jugs of water in the car for him.
  • My cell phone is the newer version, (not
    expensive at all) with GPS tracking. I have a
    car charger stored in the glove box for it also.

21
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • Since the heat will be on while I am driving I
    stop regularly to get fresh air breaks and to
    loosen stiffened muscles from driving.
  • I carry with me a small insulated lunch bag that
    has nutritious healthy high-protein snacks to eat
    for energy and also some lightly salted snacks to
    help remind me of thirst so that my body stays
    hydrated with the fresh water.

22
Cold Weather Winter Season
  • We have finally come to the end of this Cold
    Weather Winter Season presentation. We hope it
    provides some useful guidance and help to you.
  • For further information, please contact
  • HELPU Fire and Life Safety
  • http//www.helpusafety.org
  • Email helpu_at_visi.net
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