Anything can happen during winter as we all saw from the blanket of snow and gale force winds that hit our neck of the woods on November 18th. Winter comes every year but yet we always seem to have a certain level of “unpreparedness.”
Here are some winter safety tips to keep in mind as we head into December and the Northern Minnesota Deep Freeze brought to you by Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital:
- Watch the road conditions and always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains a minimum of a working flashlight, some basic first aid supplies, non-perishable, high energy food and wooden matches in a waterproof container.
- Avoid back strains and injuries while shoveling or using a snow blower by always stretching first and taking frequent breaks.
- Watch for frostbite and hypothermia and get treatment immediately if you feel you have been exposed.
- Be sure you have a carbon monoxide detector with new batteries near every bedroom and never ignore the alarm. Remember Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that sends 20,000 people annually to emergency rooms.
Everyone at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital wishes you all a safe and happy winter season!! Get out there and enjoy all that Ely has to offer!!