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Winter Safety Checklist

Winter Safety Checklist

Winter Safety Checklist 

Stay safe and warm with these winter safety tips! 

Everyone may be ready for the change of seasons this year, but winter brings a whole new slew of safety challenges.

Not only can wet, heavy snow can lead to dangerous ice accumulation, but shoveling heavy snow can also cause injuries and spark cardiac events like heart attacks or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Climate Central also reports that weather-related blackouts have doubled in recent years and winter storms cause thousands of highway accidents, personal injuries, and power outages.

Here at Cardio Partners, we believe that it’s a smart move to prepare your home, vehicles, and family for whatever winter has in store. Check out these winter safety tips, then pull your boots out of storage and enjoy the crisp, clear air. If you’re lucky enough to have snow, by all means, head for the nearest sledding hill!

Stay safe and stay warm with these tried-and-true winter safety tips

Pack a Winter and Cold Weather Emergency Kit

Like a good scout, always be prepared. Here are a few smart — and potentially life-saving —  items to have on hand (and in your vehicle) in case of a winter emergency or power outage:

Winterize Your Home for Winter Safety

Keep the cold out and the cozy in. Winterizing your home can save you big bucks, keep you more comfortable, and reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes. 

November is a great month to make sure that your:

  • Heating systems (fireplaces, wood stoves, and furnaces) have been professionally inspected and cleaned.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order.
  • Home is well-insulated and that all the windows and doors seal tightly.
  • Gutters are clear — so you can avoid icicles and dangerous ice dams, which can damage your roof.
  • Vulnerable pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are well-insulated.
  • Garden hoses are disconnected and stored for the winter.

Are you rescue-ready for winter? Call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or send an email to customerservice@cardiopartners.com — we’re ready to help!

DISCLAIMER: The information included in this post and on our website is not intended as legal advice. As legislation changes often, this post may inadvertently contain inaccurate or incomplete information. We urge you to contact your state representative should you require more information about current AED, CPR, and Good Samaritan laws in your state.

What You Need to Know About Face Masks and COVID-19

Facemasks

What You Need to Know About Face Masks and COVID-19

Wearing a face mask to help reduce the spread of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19), can not only help keep you safe but also potentially save the lives of those around you, especially those who are more vulnerable.

As part of its recommendations for reducing the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests anyone over the age of two wears a face mask of some sort when outside their home and in areas where social distancing may be difficult, such as offices, grocery stores, and restaurants. Find out more about why it’s important to wear a face mask, what face mask is best for you, how to wear it, and when to wash it.

Why Face Masks?

Transmission of respiratory droplets is the main way for COVID-19 to spread. Produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks, raises their voice, or even sings, these respiratory droplets can land on another person’s face, mouth, or nose and potentially infect them.

Since those who are infected may not immediately show symptoms, wearing a face mask when outside the home can help reduce the risk of spreading the virus from one person to another by catching these respiratory droplets before they become airborne.

Wearing a face mask is an easy way to help protect yourself and potentially save the lives of others!

What Types of Face Masks Are There?

While there are many options for face masks, Cardio Partners offers both disposable and reusable cloth masks. If you are required to wear a face mask at work or at frequently visited areas, a reusable and washable cloth face mask may be a more feasible option. Should you be making direct contact with multiple people throughout the day, disposable face masks may be a better option as they can easily and quickly be changed out. Disposable masks are also an option for businesses offering face masks to guests upon entering.

Face shields, N95 masks, and respirators should be reserved for those in medical facilities or on the frontline who come in direct contact with the virus.

How to Properly Wear a Face Mask

Some may find wearing a face mask uncomfortable, but they are only effective when worn properly. Before putting on a face mask, be sure to wash your hands with warm water and soap to help prevent the transfer of bacteria. The face mask should cover your nose and mouth – not hang around your chin or neck – and be secured under your chin and tightly across the sides of the face while still allowing you to breathe easily.

Washing Face Masks

If you choose to wear reusable cloth masks, it’s important to wash them after every use! You can easily include these with your other laundry or wash them by hand with a water and bleach solution – be sure to check the label on the bleach to make sure it’s labeled for disinfection, though. Drying is as simple as tossing in the dryer or laying flat to dry.

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