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Cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about performing strenuous work in the cold. If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly. If you don't have to go outside, the best place to stay is indoors.
The 5 P's of Cold Weather Preparedness:
- Protect people.
- Protect plants.
- Protect pets.
- Protect exposed pipes.
- Practice Fire Safety.
- Stay indoors and use safe heating sources.
- Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles. Keep such devices away from all flammable materials such as curtains and furniture, and install recommended smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices indoors, such as grills that produce carbon monoxide. Install at least one carbon monoxide detector per floor in your home.
- Outdoors, stay dry and in wind protected areas.
- Wear multiple layers of loose-fitting, warm clothing.
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and eat high-caloric foods.