Here are some snow and ice facts that could save your life:
- About 70% of winter storm deaths occur in the family automobile. The rest are attributed to heart attacks from overexertion or by hypothermia caused by overexposure to the cold. To avoid overexertion when shoveling snow or performing other difficult tasks, pace yourself. Your heart is already working overtime to keep your body warm and any additional stress could lead to problems. Unless it is necessary to travel, stay indoors during an ice or snow storm.
- Of those individuals killed by by hypothermia, exposure to the cold, approximately half of them are over the age of 60, and three quarters of them are male.
- Elderly and children under the age of one are most susceptible to the cold. During extremely cold temperatures, elderly and small children should be stay indoors at temperatures above 70 degrees or dress appropriately for the season with layers of clothing and a head covering if venturing outside.
- Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. Even areas which normally experience mild winters can be hit with a major snow or ice storm or by extreme cold. During this period, downed power lines, blocked roads and traffic accidents may occur.
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