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As the cold weather of winter continues its grip on Haywood County, it is important to remember to stay safe and warm. February and March typically bring some of our colder days, and it is important to stay safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the following concerning cold weather:

"When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so you may have to cope with power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards. Many homes will be too cold either due to a power failure or because the heating system isn't adequate for the weather. Using space heaters and fireplaces to stay warm can increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and older adults are particularly at risk but anyone can be affected. To keep yourself and your family safe, you should know how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises." 

The CDC offers tips and information on staying safe during cold days. For more information, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/faq.asp



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