7 tips to stay safe in cold weather

The Carroll County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management encourages people to follow these safety tips when temperatures are extremely cold:

Minimize outside activities


The county recommends checking on family members and neighbors who may be more vulnerable to the cold — particularly the elderly and very young.

Don’t forget your pets


Pets are also sensitive to the cold; the county reminds residents to consider their pets’ needs when planning outside activities.

Dress in layers

The Maryland Department of Transportation is warning people of a potentially dangerous afternoon commuting situation Tuesday, as forecasters call for snow and ice for the Baltimore and Carroll regions.

The county recommends people dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing rather than a single layer of heavy clothing — and wear a hat and mittens or gloves to stay warmer.

Beware of frostbite

Be aware of frostbite. If a part of the body loses feeling and the skin feels waxy or looks white or gray, the county recommends warming the area gently and seeking medical help.

Watch out for hypothermia

Shivering, memory loss, confusion, slurred speech, and drowsiness are all warning signs for hypothermia. County staff recommend residents seek medical attention when those signs are present.

Be careful with home heating

Now that Carroll County has had its first snow of 2019 and there is the possibility of more coming this Thursday, here are the county’s policies regarding snow plowing and removal with tips from Carroll County and Maryland officials.

Use caution when heating your home. For tips on how to safely use space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves and refer to the U.S. Fire Administration’s home heating safety handout.

Beware of carbon monoxide

If you are using a space heater, the county warns for residents to be aware of the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

For more information on local cold weather resources, including energy assistance, visit the Carroll County Health Department cold weather webpage, cchd.maryland.gov/cold-weather, or check out the Carroll County Health Department on Facebook, www.facebook.com/CarrollCountyHealthDeptMD.

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