It looks like the next couple of days are going to be really cold for us South Carolinians! According to predictions, tonight is going to be around 18°F, and it is going to be in the mid 30’s for the high for tomorrow.
I have a friend that lives in Minnesota, and it is already -20°F. Yes, that is a minus sign in front of that 20. Definitely, way too cold for me. That is why I am here is beautiful South Carolina.
Please be sure to take precautions to stay safe during this cold time. Here are some items to consider:
Whenever temperatures drop below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can leave your body more rapidly. These weather-related conditions may lead to serious health problems such as hypothermia. Extreme cold is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in those who are susceptible, such as people without shelter, people who are stranded, or people who live in a home that is poorly insulated or without heat.
The following tips can protect against cold-related illness:
• Babies less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room. Babies lose body heat more easily than adults. Provide warm clothing for babies and try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If the temperature cannot be maintained, make arrangements to stay elsewhere. In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby. Pillows and other soft bedding can also present a risk of smother; remove them from the area near the baby.
• Avoid remaining outdoors for long periods. Be sure to wear enough warm clothing such as a hat, gloves, coat and several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
• Older adults often make less body heat because of slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years old, check the temperature in your home often during severely cold weather.
• Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure that their homes are adequately heated.
• Bring pets inside. If you cannot bring them inside, make sure they have warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink.
If you are having a problem with your heater, give us a call… we are here to help!