From Minnesota Department of Health <[email protected]>
Subject How to Have a Healthy Winter
Date December 19, 2023 12:41 PM
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Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota Public Health Tracking Program

Enjoy a Healthy Winter by Following a Few Simple Safety Precautions

"We have assembled some tips and information that may make your winter safer and a little more enjoyable."

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Dress for the Weather

Everyone can be impacted by exposure to the cold, but some people are at greater risk for cold-related illness than others. Even at temperatures above 40?F, if a person becomes cold from wind, rain, sweat, or cold water, health problems can occur. Those who spend long periods of time outdoors in the cold may be at increased risk as well as those who have difficulty regulating their body temperature. Wear appropriate clothing, including multiple layers, and do not leave any areas of your skin exposed to the cold. Carefully watch for signs of cold-related illness, such as hypothermia and frostbite. Do not ignore shivering ? it?s an important first sign that your body is losing heat. Learn more about the impacts of cold-related illnesses [ [link removed] ].

Winter Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Carbon monoxide?is in car fumes, portable generators, heating systems and similar things. Each year in Minnesota, especially in winter, unintentional CO poisonings result in emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and even deaths. CO poisonings are tragic and costly, and many poisonings can be prevented with proper use and maintenance of CO alarms. The law requires all homes to have a CO alarm, so *consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm if you don't have one in your home, and test the batteries if you do.*?See CO Poisoning hospital emergency department visits [ [link removed] ].?If you suspect a leak or are experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 or your local fire department immediately.

Heating Season Is the Best Time to Test for Radon

Radon is present everywhere, but the greatest exposure is inside buildings. Radon exposure is most likely to happen at home, where people spend most of their time. Your home can have high radon levels whether it is old or new, well-sealed or drafty, and with or without a basement. All houses have some radon, but even houses next to each other can have very different radon levels. Learn more about radon testing and levels. [ [link removed] ] *The only way to measure your radon risk is to test your home.* Most radon tests can be performed on your own, after reading the instructions.?Short-term tests can be completed any time of year, but the heating season is the best time to test. Long-term tests should include some of the heating and non-heating seasons.

Safe Winter Walking

Falls are a serious threat for older adults and a leading cause of injury, but they are not inevitable! There are things you can do to keep safe on slippery sidewalks. Walk like a penguin! Walk low and slow with feet turned out and arms free. This increases your stability and reduce risk of falls. Stay active as much as possible during the winter. Moving your body can help you stay strong and improve your balance. If you are concerned about falling, talk to a health care provider and visit Preventing Falls [ [link removed] ] for more information.


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