House Call: Tips to Avoid Cold Weather Injury

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With the winter months amongst us, cold weather conditions and winter storms can be hazardous; but if we plan ahead, we can stay safe and healthy during the season.

In preparation for the cold weather, do not assume staying inside is a guarantee of safety.  Take time to winterize your home and check your heating system to avoid loss of indoor heat and prevent fires or carbon monoxide leaks.

Along with the increase of winter sports and activities, often comes an increase in related injuries.  When participating in outdoor activity during the winter season, always wear appropriate clothing, sprinkle sand or salt on icy patches, work slowly when doing outside chores and bring a buddy and/or a cell phone when participating in outdoor activities or traveling in winter weather conditions.

Although our region does not experience harsh winter storms as often as other parts of the U.S., we are still prone to hazardous ice and snow storms that call for proper precaution.  Prepare your home and car with emergency kits that include items such as flashlights, food and water, blankets,first aid kits and batteries.

If you or someone around you suffers a cold weather-related injury or emergency during the winter season, it is important to dial 911 immediately. Cone Health Network has an exceptional team of emergency medicine healthcare professionals dedicated to treating emergencies commonly seen during the winter season.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. John Bednar is an emergency medicine specialist and member of Cone Health Medical Staff.

He is a 1990 graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center/Brooke Army Medical Center.