Winter weather can cause many dangerous conditions, including extremely cold temperatures, snow and ice storms. The effects of winter weather include frostbite, slip and fall injuries, hypothermia and automobile accidents. When winter weather is extreme, many schools and businesses will be closed.
Winter weather safety tips
- Stay indoors if possible. If the heat goes off, close unused rooms and stuff blankets or towels around doors and windows to keep out drafts.
- If you must go outdoors, dress in warm layers and wear a warm hat. Walk carefully on snow- and ice-covered surfaces.
- If you must drive, make sure you have appropriate tires. Keep your gas tank full and take emergency supplies, including a blanket and cell phone.
- If you get stuck, stay with your car. Do not try to walk to safety unless you can see the building. Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour.
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Did you know that in an average year more people die in Kansas City from heat-related conditions than from all other weather incidents combined? Many people don’t realize the dangers of a heat wave. The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department monitors the heat index during the summer and alerts the public when the heat poses a health threat.
Heat safety tips
- Stay indoors during the heat of the day. If you have to go out, use sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Keep shades drawn and blinds closed; use air conditioning, if it’s available.
- Drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty.
- Wear loose fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Fans only should be used in a ventilated room. Blow hot air out a window during the day and bring cooler air in at night.
- Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles with the windows closed.
During a heat emergency, area agencies will open cooling centers with air conditioning where you can go during the heat of the day. Call 211 to find out the location of these centers.Helpful links:
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A small flame can get out of control in less than 30 seconds. Within minutes, a house can fill with thick, dark smoke and be engulfed in flames. Fire can produce room temperatures that reach 600 degrees Fahrenheit at eye level and toxic gases that can be fatal if inhaled. According to the National Fire Service Administration, there were 412,500 residential fires resulting in 2,620 deaths and 12,925 injuries in 2006.
Fire safety tips
- Make sure you have a working smoke detector. If your home does not have a smoke detector or it is malfunctioning, the Fire Prevention Division can install one for free. Call 816-784-9100 for more details.
- Plan at least two ways out of every room. Never open doors that feel hot.
- Never stand up in a fire; crawl low under the smoke and keep your mouth covered.
- Escape immediately and then call 911. Don’t waste time trying to save property.
- Make sure everyone is out safely so no one will get injured searching for someone who is already safe.