• Dress in layers. Lightweight, dry layers of clothing will help you stay warm. Wet clothing should be replaced by dry immediately because wet clothing will continually draw heat from your body.

  • You can lose as much as 10 percent of your body’s heat by not wearing a hat. Cover your head.

  • Wear dry gloves and keep a spare set in the glove compartment of your vehicle. If your gloves become wet, it’s time for the spare set.

  • Keep hand warmers in the pockets of your coat. You can make your own hand warmers by adding a small amount of water to calcium chloride ice melt pellets. Package this in a Ziploc bag and carry one in each pocket.

  • When using a space heater, use the three feet rule. Don’t use a space heater that is any closer than three feet away from paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

  • Space heaters and fireplaces deserve your supervision. Don’t leave fires burning or live embers behind before you leave for work or go to bed. Use a glass or metal screen which is large enough to catch flying sparks.

  • Protect your pipes by opening the cabinet doors under your sink. Let your water drip to keep pipes from freezing.

  • Use your generator outside and don’t hook the generator to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or the garage.

  • If you keep the thermometer the same through the day and night, you may save your pipes. Your heating bill may suffer but it’s less expensive than to replace burst water pipes.

  • Don’t forget the pets. Bring in dogs and cats when the weather is extremely cold. If they cannot come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and they have fresh water which won’t freeze.

  • Children and elderly are especially susceptible to the cold. Dress your children appropriately in layers of warm clothing and check on elderly neighbors.

  • The kitchen is for cooking. Though it is a great time to bake, don’t plan to heat your home with the stove.

  • Stop cold air leakage under doors and windows by using a swim noodle or rolled up towel at the base of the door or window.

For more information on how you can be more comfortable and safe, please visit http://www.redcross.org/news-events/news?tag=Emergency+Preparedness.


About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital 
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.   
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org

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