Despite your best winter preparations, it is possible to still find yourself in the middle of a winter storm. As sometimes happens, the extremities of a winter can sometimes go far beyond what the national weather service has predicted. Should you find yourself in the midst of a storm, you need to stay calm and take measures to lessen the effects of the storm.
When the storm finds you at home Stay indoors and avoid over-exertion
Should the storm find you at home, you must stop venturing outside unless it is extremely necessary. Should you notice that excessive amounts of snow are collecting outside and decide to shovel it, you must take extreme care when doing so. One of the greatest risks you can take when shoveling snow is to over-exert yourself. There have been many reports of people who suffered heart attacks as a result of over-exertion.
Watch out for frostbites and hypothermia
Exposure to the extreme cold that results from a winter storm could lead to hypothermia which is usually exhibited in the form of extreme shivering, exhaustion and could also induce memory loss and incoherent speech. These are signs that call for the immediate intervention of a medical professional and while waiting for medical help the victim should be kept as warm as possible.
Frostbite should be treated with equally great care. A person suffering frostbites will usually appear pale in the fingers and will feel numb in the fingers and toes. In addition to covering such people with warm clothing, it helps to give them a warm drink while waiting for medical help to arrive.
De-freezing water pipes
If the storm has caused water pipes to freeze, there’s always the risk that the pipes could burst and you should try to defreeze them. To do this, any insulation on the pipes should be removed and hot water poured over the pipes.
When the storm finds you on the road
Driving through a storm could be fatal and you should get off the road at the earliest possible opportunity. If the storm catches you a long way away from home and you think you might not get to a convenient shelter quickly, call and let people close to you know the road you are on – that way, they’ll be able to organize for help to be sent to you.
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