We are experiencing extreme temperatures for our area. Governor Deal has issued a state of emergency for 28 Georgia counties until Friday. We are concerned that Atlanta and Georgia residents may not be used to these temperatures and also may not know some of the unseen dangers during periods of extreme cold. We want to make sure our readers know what to do in these freezings temps. There are several areas of danger. From heating your home to driving, to keeping your kids warm while waiting for the school bus … we have a few tips for readers and suggest that you review important winter safety tips from the American Red Cross.
Driving in cold weather. As many of you know, the temperatures are below freezing right now especially when the sun goes down. Some areas are expecting snow and many counties are under a state of emergency. Even if it has not rained or snowed recently, there can be ice on the roads. This can be very dangerous. If you have to drive, slow down and put your car into a low gear. DO NOT brake quickly and if you need to brake, apply it slowly. If you begin to slide, steer into the slide. Make sure to turn your steering wheel in the same direction as your rear wheels are sliding. So if you feel the slide to your right, turn your steering wheel to the right. This will help you straighten out your vehicle. Be particularly careful on overpasses and bridges which can ice up quickly.
Heating safety. If you use a space heater make sure the heater is not near anything that is flammable, such as a curtain. Keep your space heater three feet away from other objects. It is not safe to use your stove as a heater. This can lead to fire and can also result in a build up of carbon monoxide which can be deadly. If you are home bound and without heat and need support, call 911 for help. These temperatures are dangerously low. If you have a friend or relative who might need heat, check in with them.
Dressing for Cold Temperatures. It does not take much time for our bodies, particularly fingers and toes to get very very cold in these low temperatures. Frostbite is a real danger for adults and kids. Wear layers and try to use a wind resistant exterior layer. Cover your head, hands and feet. If you have them, wear waterproof boots. Try not to stay out in the cold for too long. Be careful when shoveling snow. Each year many people suffer heart attacks from shoveling snow because the strain it puts on the heart. If you are not used to cardio work outs, hire someone or get a neighbor to help you shovel.
Falling on Ice. If you have to go out in the cold weather, be sure to wear boots with traction. Falling on ice is very dangerous. Head and brain injuries, such as concussion, can result from a fall on ice. It only takes a second for a person to slip and loose the ability to stop a fall. If you do not have to go out, don’t.
Please take care of yourselves during this cold weather. If you have a difficulty, such as an auto accident or injury that might be the result of someone else’s negligence, such as a fall, please contact Scholle Law for guidance. We are here to help those injured or harmed and we will consult with you at no charge. In most of our personal injury cases, we do not get paid, until you do.