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Brrr!

Estherville News Editorial

By Staff | Feb 12, 2021

Brrr!

As the latest cold front continues today, the newsroom thought about people who might be vulnerable in the cold weather, whether an elderly neighbor, relative or colleague, a family struggling to make ends meet, or others.

When subzero windchill poses a threat to people and property, it’s important to look out for each other.

Please note the following actions and take any steps necessary to keep yourself and your family safe. Hypothermia, frostbite and other hazards are a concern in these conditions and precautions are advised to ensure the safety of individuals and property.

• Check on older or disabled relatives, friends and neighbors to make sure they are keeping warm safely and have sufficient food and water.

• Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshield scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.

n  Limit time outdoors. Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young.

n  Be sure to consider your pets and limit their time outdoors, as well.

n  Dress warmly and stay dry. Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Wear a hat, mittens, and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Keep babies and older adults dry and in warm rooms.

n  Eat and drink healthy. Well-balanced meals help you stay warmer. Drink warm fluids to maintain a healthy temperature. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages cause you to lose heat more rapidly.

Ventilate to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

o  Check on older or disabled relatives, friends and neighbors to make sure they are keeping warm safely and have sufficient food and water.

o  Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshield scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.

o  Limit time outdoors. Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young.

o  Be sure to consider your pets and limit their time outdoors, as well.

o  Dress warmly and stay dry. Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Wear a hat, mittens, and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Keep babies and older adults dry and in warm rooms.

o  Eat and drink healthy. Well-balanced meals help you stay warmer. Drink warm fluids to maintain a healthy temperature. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages cause you to lose heat more rapidly.

Looking out for one another is not asking too much.

In fact, it may be one of the easiest things we can do to extend kindness and be a bit more neighborly in these complicated times.