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Winter Safety

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The fall and winter seasons are full of safety hazards: cold, snow, and ice; heating and maintenance challenges; and seasonal décor hazards and workplace safety challenges. Taking time ahead of the cooler seasons to make sure you and your family are prepared for whatever winter brings will help you reduce your chances of illness, injury, or death from winter conditions.

Before You Start, be Safety Smart” in this year’s winter safety campaign. It provides information and advice on fire safety, driving safety, home maintenance safety, hunting safety, winter alcohol safety, emergency preparation, home decoration safety, and weather safety tips, to include signs of frostbite and hyperthermia.  

Background

“Before You Start, be Safety Smart” in this year’s winter safety campaign. It provides information and advice on fire safety, driving safety, home maintenance safety, hunting safety, winter alcohol safety, emergency preparation, home decoration safety, and weather safety tips, to include signs of frostbite and hyperthermia. The campaign runs from November to March.   

Purpose

The winter safety campaign educates beneficiaries and other stakeholders about how to prepare for and avoid hazards caused by winter weather. The purpose of this campaign is to highlight good safety practices during the winter season.

 

Key Messages

Message for Communicators

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Dec 19, 2023

Winter Safety: Stay Warm

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If you previously had hypothermia, frostbite, chilblains, or immersion foot, you are more susceptible for another cold injury. Before braving the cold for extended time – make sure you are hydrated, have eaten enough, and are dressed in layers. #defensepublichealth #wintersafety www.Health.mil/WinterSafety

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Dec 19, 2023

Winter Safety: Hazards

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Military personnel and outdoor workers are more likely to be exposed to cold, windy, and wet conditions. Be aware of personal factors that increase risk and know the early signs and symptoms of cold injuries. https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/cip/Pages/default.aspx

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Dec 19, 2023

Winter Safety: Conditions

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Military personnel and outdoor workers are more likely to be exposed to cold, windy, and wet conditions. Be aware of personal factors that increase risk and know the early signs and symptoms of cold injuries. https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/cip/Pages/default.aspx

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Dec 19, 2023

Winter Safety: Frostbite

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Frostbite is a cold injury that commonly occurs on the face (cheeks, nose), ears, fingers, and toes. Take breaks to allow these areas to warm, change to dry clothing, and monitor for signs. https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/cip/Pages/Cold-Weather-Casualties-and-Injuries.aspx#Hypothermia-1 #defensepublichealth #wintersafety

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Dec 19, 2023

Winter Safety: Cold Weather 2

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When temperatures drop, the risk of cold weather injuries increases. A CWI can be serious – data show a CWI result in about 5 lost duty days per Soldier. Take precautions to prevent cold weather injuries. https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/cip/Pages/default.aspx #DefensePublicHealth #coldweathersafety.

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Dec 19, 2023

Winter Safety Cold Weather Injuries 1

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Cold weather injuries occur when the body cannot maintain necessary warmth. As temperatures decrease and winds increase, the danger escalates. Dress in layers and change out of damp clothing to reduce risk. #defensepublichealth #wintersafety www.Health.mil/WinterSafety

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Nov 21, 2022

Winter Home Safety

Home Preparation Winter Safety

#beforeyoustartbesafetysmart #homesafehomewise Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us may not be ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you are more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. Preparing your home for the winter months keeps your family and friends safe. https://health.mil ...

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Nov 21, 2022

Winter Safety

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#beforeyoustartbesafetysmart, #safetyfirstthiswinter The winter season is full of safety hazards: cold, snow, and ice; home heating and maintenance challenges; and seasonal décor hazards. Taking time ahead of the winter season to make sure you and your family are prepared for whatever winter brings will help you reduce your chances of illness, injury, ...

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Home Maintenance Safety

Home Maintenance Winter Safety

#beforeyoustartbesafetysmart #homesafety Be safe this winter while maintaining your home. Be sure to look up before pruning trees, be careful on ladders and be sure to clean up fallen leaves. www.Health.mil/WinterSafety

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Nov 21, 2022

Alcohol Safety

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#beforeyoustartbesafetysmart #winterdrinks #besafe There are always safety risks associated with drinking alcohol, but it’s important to remember that having a few drinks during the winter months can make your body very vulnerable. Here is why drinking during the winter can put you at risk–and the steps you can take to stay safe during these cold ...

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Nov 21, 2022

Winter Outdoor Preparedness

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#beforeyoustartbesafetysmart #besafeoutside Playing in the snow can be fun, but the fun can fade if one becomes victim to hypothermia or frostbite. Staying out in the cold for extended periods of time can cause cold-related problems and put health in jeopardy, so learn how to avoid, spot, and treat these conditions. Also, keep other vulnerable ...

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Nov 21, 2022

Hunting Safety

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#beforeyoustartbesafetysmart #huntsafe Being outdoors in the autumn and winter can be a great way to get fresh air and exercise. For many, the cooler weather also means hunting season which can pose dangers, sending hunters to the hospital or worse. Heart attacks, injured backs and broken bones are among the most common medical emergencies in hunting. ...

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Nov 21, 2022

Fire Safety

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#beforeyoustartbesafetysmart #learnhownot2burn There’s nothing cozier than spending time next using a fireplace, furnace, or heater to keep warm as the weather turns colder. But they do present certain safety hazards. www.Health.mil/WinterSafety

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Nov 21, 2022

Decorating Safety

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Holiday trees may intend to bring cheer, but they can also be a holiday hazard if not set up carefully. Be cautious when decorating your home for the holidays. https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/News/Pages/NIH-Holiday-Decorating-Guidance.aspx. #beforeyoustartbesafetysmart, #safetyfirstthiswinter

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Nov 21, 2022

Driving Safety

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#Drivesafelythiswinter, #Scrapethosewindshields, #Cleanwindowsmeansafety, #beforeyoustartbesafetysmart Scraping your windshield clean of all ice and snow will increase your line of vision this winter. Keep your vehicle maintained for safe winter driving. Driving during winter can be hazardous and scary, especially in regions that receive a lot of ...

Last Updated: December 19, 2023
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