Tips for Staying Safe and Healthy in a Winter Storm

Vermont Department of Health


News Release
: December 29, 2016

Media Contact:
Vermont Department of Health
Communication Office

Be prepared and know how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

BURLINGTON – With Vermont expecting its first Nor’easter of the season, state officials are urging Vermonters to take steps to stay safe before, during and after the storm.

Be prepared. Have sufficient heating fuel and emergency supplies on hand, such as batteries, flashlights and water.

Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.

Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a supply kit and blanket in your vehicle.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and potentially deadly gas. Symptoms of CO poisoning are like the flu and include nausea, headache, and dizziness. If you suspect CO poisoning, get out of the building and into fresh air immediately, and call or text 911.

If you see a downed power line, leave it alone – always treat power lines as if they are live.

In an emergency, call or text 911. If you need to find a shelter, dial 2-1-1.

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