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County Executive John R. Leopold Advises Citizens of Tips for Staying Safe in Extreme Cold Weather

Extreme Cold Weather Forecasted for the Area

Annapolis, MD (January 14, 2009) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold today advised citizens to be cautious in the days ahead as the weather forecast calls for extremely cold temperatures.

"Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems,"

County Executive Leopold said. "Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk for hypothermia and frostbite. I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions and utilize the following tips over the next several days as our area experiences below normal temperatures."

  • Dress appropriately for the cold weather by wearing coats, hats (as much as 50% of body heat is lost through the head), scarves or knit masks to cover the face and mouth, and gloves or mittens.
  • Dress in layers of loose-fitting clothes, including extra socks. Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers hold in more body heat than cotton.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine since they can cause the body to loose heat more rapidly.
  • Store several days worth of non-perishable food and bottled water in your home.
  • Keep several days worth of medications.
  • Always keep fireplaces, chimneys and wood-burning stoves clean.
  • Never leave space heaters on or unattended.
  • Always use generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for safe usage.
  • NEVER use generators inside your home, garage, crawl space or other enclosed or partially enclosed space.
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
  • Be sure every level of your home has a functioning smoke alarm.

For more information, contact the County’s Office of Emergency Management, during business hours at (410) 222-0600.


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