Tulare County Public Health Emergency Preparedness is closely monitoring reports issued by National Weather Services to maintain the health and well-being of all community members. Residents should practice caution during cold weather.
- - Heat your home to at least 68 degrees during the day and evening, and 63 degrees at night. If you do not have heat, go to a friend or family member’s home, local library, warming center, or local shelter.
- - Wear layers of clothing, covering head and extremities, and watch for symptoms of exposure. Remove wet clothing promptly.
- - Monitor family members and neighbors who are at greater risk for exposure, such as senior citizens, young children, and people with chronic conditions. Choose space heaters with an automatic shut-off switch; those with glowing elements can pose a fire risk.
- - Do NOT use an oven or outdoor heating device to heat your home, as these devices produce deadly carbon monoxide.
- - Drink warm fluids such as cider, hot chocolate, or soup. Avoid alcoholic beverages, which cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
- - Keep animals safe by moving them indoors or providing adequate shelter to keep them warm. Make sure they have access to unfrozen water.
Common symptoms of cold related health problems include still muscles, puffy face, mental confusion, slowed breathing, poor physical condition, numbness, dizziness, shivering, and waxy or discolored skin. IF YOU NEED EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION, CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN OR 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.
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